As a part of Missoula County’s commitment to criminal justice reform, the Missoula County Attorney’s Office began operations of the Calibrate Program in the fall of 2019. Soon thereafter, Calibrate welcomed its first participant. Calibrate is a prosecution-led pretrial diversion program.
The Calibrate Pretrial Diversion Program seeks to reduce the number of individuals involved in the criminal justice system by diverting those deemed eligible at an early stage, thereby minimizing the negative impact on the participant and saving taxpayer dollars, while still providing an emphasis on community safety.
Calibrate is a formalized pretrial diversion program whose target population is first time offenders. A screening process, which includes consultation with victims, is utilized to determine who is accepted into pretrial diversion. Once accepted, participants are required to adhere to agreed-upon conditions for a set time frame. Conditions of pretrial diversion are tailored to a participant’s individual needs and circumstances. Participation in Missoula County’s Diversion Program is voluntary. Successful completion of the program results in dismissal of the criminal charge.
If you are facing a criminal charge, please consult with your attorney. Others with questions about the Calibrate Pretrial Diversion Program may contact the prosecutor assigned to a criminal case, or the Diversion Coordinator, Ray Reiser, both of whom can be reached at 406-258-4737.