Friendship was initially formed in the late
l960s through the efforts of community
volunteers in conjunction with the Thurston
County, Washington, prosecutor. The goal
was and is to provide alternative sentencing
options for the prosecutor, defense counsel and
the courts in an effort to restore victims,
reduce criminal justice costs and offer the
defendant an opportunity to avoid conviction.
Through the years Friendship Diversion Services
has expanded into other counties and cities
across the State of Washington. We have
also expanded services from its initial focus of
Superior Court to include District Courts, where
Friendship Diversion Services has also expanded
services beyond diversion to include day
reporting, drug testing, supervision of
community service hours and electronic home
monitoring including alcohol monitoring.
Not all of these services are available at each
office but any combination may be made available
Friendship Diversion Services maintains itself
through fees collected from the defendants.
City or county contracts may provide for some
payment for cases referred for electronic home
monitoring to ensure its availability to
indigent defendants. This reduced cost is
far less than the price of a jail bed.
Through December 31, 2012 Friendship Diversion
Services is supervising 1,718 persons statewide
and we believe the following statistics are of