diversion programs

NY Times: Henry County DA & Diversion Programs Generates Big Bucks

Newspaper alleges misuse of program to keep non-violent offenders out of jail.

A story in today’s N.Y. Times says Henry County D.A. Doug Valeska gave preferential treatment to Harvey Drayton Burch III, a passenger in a car being driven by Valeska’s son:   “District Attorney Douglas A. Valeska granted him (Burch) pretrial diversion, an alternative to court that is usually reserved for nonviolent offenses. After Mr. Burch paid $2,396 in fees and stayed…