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New diversion program MOU to be signed

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - A new Memorandum of Understand is scheduled to be signed in Monroe, between Delta Community College and the District Attorney's office here.

Dr. Jerry Ryan recently signed an agree­ment with District Attorney, Bob Levy and will sign an agreement with District Attorney Jerry Jones at 2:30pm, December 3rd.

This understanding will allow first time, non-violent offenders to possibly eliminate their criminal record and prison time if they participate in a new diversion program.

Totally at the discretion of the District Attorney, offenders without a high school diploma will be sent to Delta's GED/Workready program.

The Workready program allows the par­ticipant to pursue their GED while learn­ing a marketable skill. Expungement of their criminal record is only an option upon completion of the program.

"We believe that this program will re­duce recidivism and provide a pool of trained candidates for the region's work force," Ryan said.

A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by Ryan and Jones Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Conference Room (4th floor of the 7500 Millhaven campus).

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