Who We Are

Our Mission is to facilitate, within various communities, positive and effective alternatives to fines, criminal prosecution, and detention.

The San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project, Inc. (SFPDP) organization was established in 1976 through the joint efforts of a group of socially conscious citizens, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Judges of the Municipal Courts.

Their experiences had shown that most individuals charged with a misdemeanor offense did not benefit perceptibly by jail time. They were convinced that both the goals of crime prevention and rehabilitation would be better served by an alternative program of  rehabilitation, education, and community service work. SFPDP was formed to provide “first time” misdemeanor offenders of non violent charges an opportunity to have their case dismissed by completing a program.

Continuing our tradition and philosophy of “Dignity and Respect, Compassion and Accountability,” SFPDP added more programs designed to address various needs of the Courts, the Clients and the Community.

For more information on specific programs, check out Programs and Services.