New path forward: Diversion program focuses on behavioral health services over jail

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kori Weinberger, left, Department of Health Hawaii County Forensic Section Supervisor Dr. Hawken Shields, program graduate Sean Jacobs, Jail Diversion Case Manager Gail Werner and Kona District Court Judge Margaret Masunaga at Wednesday's graduation ceremony. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Kona District Court Judge Margaret Masunaga presents Jail Diversion Program participant Sean Jacobs with a certificate of completion at Wednesday's graduation ceremony.

KAILUA-KONA — The first graduate this year from a Jail Diversion program that offers offenders a new path in life was praised for his success in following through with the plan.