What Is Mental Disorder Diversion (Penal Code 1001.36)?

You may have heard on the news that the mother of the ten deathly-thin, dirty children found chained to their beds and home-schooled in Perris has requested that she be offered mental disorder diversion. This case garnered national attention for her and her husband, who was also charged with sex crimes against one of his ten children who escaped. Mental disorder diversion allows the wife, if the judge approves of this, to avoid a conviction for child endangerment, among other crimes. What is mental disorder diversion? To read about this new program, click on the following link.



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