by Nick Delgado
Guam - Senator Tony Ada introduced legislation that would require first-time family violence offenders to undergo a rehabilitation program. Bill 214 would do away with the practice known as diversion in favor of deferred plea for individuals to choose rehabilitation programs rather than submit to a criminal trial.
Ada states the current law makes it difficult to prosecute these cases after a certain length of time has elapsed, and the abuser fails to complete the program. The bill not only gets rid of the diversion program, but also instead would allow for those accused to plead guilty to domestic abuse and have the pleas vacated upon completion of a rehabilitation program.