San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
July 21, 2022
CONTACT: Elisa Bubak, Public Information Officer
T: (209) 468-2400 | E: elisa.bubak@sjcda.org

Fourteen Participants Graduate from Project Navigate Constructive Change Program

Today, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar is proud to announce fourteen participants completed the Project Navigate Constructive Change program and were recognized during the quarterly Graduation Ceremony.

Project Navigate Constructive Change (PNCC) was founded by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office in 2015 as an alternative to incarceration for youthful offenders. The diversion program operates as a partnership between the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender, members of the local defense bar, Behavioral Health, San Joaquin County Probation, and the San Joaquin County Superior Court. The program promotes education, counseling, employment assistance, and life-skills coaching to participants.

“Project Navigate Constructive Change allows people to reflect, do the hard work, make necessary changes in their lives, and work with those they have harmed to ensure a peaceful pathway forward,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. “The results of the program speak for themselves. Congratulations to the graduates. We have the utmost faith you will continue to grow from this experience.”

While attending the PNCC program, the participant’s case is held in abeyance while goals unique to each person are determined and pursued.  Those goals may include (but are not limited to obtaining a GED, assistance with resume building and job searches, obtaining a driver’s license, drug testing, live-in drug treatment, anger management, mental health treatment, community service, and participation in victim support groups.  In the event restitution is owed, participants must pay the full amount to the victim(s) before completion of the program. The participant’s attorney and the District Attorney’s Office, as well as program managers, attend regular court reviews to ensure the participant is on track.

At the conclusion of the program, participants attend a graduation ceremony with family and friends.  It is the goal upon graduating from PNCC for the participant to see either a reduction in charge (often from felony to misdemeanor), or the complete dismissal of their case.  Participants are encouraged to maintain relationships with the program managers even after resolution of their cases, with the lasting objective being to reduce recidivism. To learn more about PNCC, visit SJGov.org/DA/PNCC.