Project Reset

Project Reset: Be Smart. Restart.

What is Project Reset?

  • Project Reset is a diversion program for individuals who have been arrested for the first time and have received a Desk Appearance Ticket (also called a “DAT”) for a low-level misdemeanor charge.
  • Project Reset programming is provided by independent nonprofit organizations: the Center for Court Innovation, The Osborne Association, and Young New Yorkers.




  • Project Reset programming lasts 2 to 4 hours and is designed to be productive, offer resources, and make connections to additional services, if needed.

Program Benefits

  • If you decide to do Project Reset, complete the requirements, and do not get re-arrested, the New York County District Attorney’s Office will not prosecute your case in court and no criminal record will be generated as a result.
  • No charges will be filed against you and you will not have to appear in court.

What do you have to do?

  • Project Reset programming is a total of two to four hours and can be completed in one or two days.
  • Programming is at different locations in Manhattan depending on your age and precinct of arrest, and includes an intake, individual counseling, and/or a group workshop. Please click on one of the following links to find more information.
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