The Caminos Hacia el Éxito Program is administered by the Watsonville Police Department. It is a diversion program for Watsonville youth who commit a first-time offense (misdemeanor). The program uses evidence-based approaches to hold youth accountable for their actions in a timely and appropriate manner. The youth who agree to participate in the program must complete the following requirements in order to prevent their case from being forward to the Santa Cruz County Probation Department.
1. Community Service hours 2. Counseling 3. Pro-Social hours 4. Case Management meetings 5. Parenting Component
First-time offender youth between the ages of 10 – 17 arrested and/or cited with a misdemeanor within Watsonville City limits.
Santa Cruz County Office of Education – Teen Peer Court
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc.
Pajaro Valley Unified School District
Caminos Program Stats :
April 2012 – December 2018
Accepted: 452 Successfully Completed: 380 Re-Offended within 6 months: 35 Community Hours: 17,174 Pro-Social Hours: 5,947 Parent Component Completion: 292 Program Success Rate: 90% (345 out of 380 youth did not re-offend)