Deflection and Diversion

Strengthening Diversion and Alternatives to Incarceration

We offer proven, evidence-based strategies for diverting people charged with nonviolent offenses into appropriate levels of service and community supervision. These interventions, from crisis intervention to intensive probation with drug treatment, are usually far less expensive than incarceration and more effective in reducing recidivism while promoting public safety.

We specialize in solutions related to: Pre-Arrest Diversion (for law enforcement and first responders) and Prosecutorial Diversion.

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2010 Article, Interview Reforming Our Expectations About Juvenile JusticeArticle published in Reclaiming Children and Youth (Summer 2010, Vol. 19, No. 2). Typing the term "juvenile justice reform" into an Internet search will result in 60 pages of entries. But what is meant by juvenile justice reform? What does it... link
2010 Article, Interview The Unmet Need for Mental Health Services Among Probationers’ ChildrenArticle in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (February 2010, Vol. 49, No. 2). This study explores the unmet need for mental health services among children with parents on probation. A group of 77 probationers provided information on 170... link
2010 Report or Paper Final Report: Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) CommissionCHJ served as staff to the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study (DJIS) Commission, created in the State of Illinois under Public Act 97-0433. As staff to the Commission, CHJ analyzed data from the Cook County Clerk and the llinois State...
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2009 Article, Interview Recovery-Oriented Care for Drug-Abusing OffendersArticle published in Addiction Science and Clinical Practice (April 2009, Vol. 5, No. 1). The article affirms that a recovery-oriented system of care for drug-abusing criminal offenders is one that provides for continuity of treatment, using... link
2009 Article, Interview An Outcome Evaluation of a Treatment Readiness Group Program for Probationers with Substance Use ProblemsArticle published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (November/December 2009, Vol. 48, Issue 8). From 2003 to 2008, TASC implemented the Reducing Risk: Outreach and Pretreatment for Probationers program (RROPP) in Cook County (Chicago),... link
2008 Article, Interview A Process Evaluation of Treatment Readiness Groups: Lessons Learned in the Implementation of a Treatment Readiness Intervention Model for Felony Probationers with Substance Use ProblemsArticle published in Offender Substance Abuse Report (March/April 2008, Vol. 8, No. 2). The article presents a process evaluation of Cook County's treatment readiness intervention program, "Reducing Risk: Outreach & Pretreatment for...
2008 Article, Interview Evidence-Based Practices in the Integration of Criminal Justice and Recovery-Oriented Systems of CareArticle published in Perspectives (Fall 2008, Vol. 32, No. 4). This article presents the argument that the criminal justice system can become an effective apparatus for the delivery of large-scale behavioral healthcare services. Based on public...
2007 Article, Interview No Entry: Safe Alternatives to IncarcerationArticle published in Offender Substance Abuse Report (January/February 2007, Vol, 7, No. 1). The article presents CHJ's "No Entry" strategy, which is designed to reverse the flow of drug-involved individuals going into and through the criminal... link
2007 Article, Interview A Large Court System Tackles a Huge Problem: Stakeholders in an Illinois County Work Toward Better Outcomes for Mentally Ill OffendersArticle published in Behavioral Healthcare (March 2007). Although some jurisdictions across the country have one problem-solving courtroom to meet the needs of people with serious mental illness, Cook County's sheer volume of cases would overwhelm a... link
2007 Report or Paper The Cook County Mental Health Court: Development, Implementation, and Initial ImplicationsBook chapter appearing in Treating Addicted Offenders: A Continuum of Effective Practices, Vol, II, edited by Kevin Knight and David Farrabee, and published by Civic Research Institute (2007). Although some jurisdictions across the country have...
2007 Report or Paper No Entry: Improving Public Safety through Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration in Illinois White paper issued by the Center for Health and Justice at TASC (May 2007). The paper presents the problems associated with climbing incarceration rates and the roles played by illicit drug use and harsh drug policies. It presents a public policy...
2005 Article, Interview The Cook County Mental Health Court: Development, Implementation, and Initial ImplicationsArticle in Offender Substance Abuse Report. Author: Braude, L.
Training Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC)TASC was instrumental in the inception of the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC), and through CHJ, we serve as GLATTC's Center for Excellence in Criminal Justice. The Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (GLATTC)...
Technical Assistance, Training Jail Diversion for VeteransIn partnership with Policy Research Associates (PRA), CHJ is conducting trainings on diverting veterans with behavioral health issues away from the criminal justice system and into treatment. We are providing training and technical assistance on...
Training The Neuroscience of Addiction and Implications for Judicial Decision MakingAlong with national partners, we we developed and deliver training on the effects of substance abuse on the brain, and how the science of addiction can be useful in sentencing and treatment practices. In 2004, CHJ worked with the National...
Training Criminal Thinking and Addiction ScienceCHJ conducts regional, national, and international trainings and webinars to support rapid dissemination and integration of the latest in addiction and justice research, including a series on criminal thinking.
Technical Assistance, Training Developing Community-Based Recovery Support SystemsSince 2006, the U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) has engaged CHJ in international efforts to provide training and technical assistance on addiction recovery as part of their Demand Reduction Program...
Technical Assistance Systems Consulting: Maximizing County Treatment Resources We are helping Berrien County, MI maximize substance abuse treatment resources through a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC) model.
Technical Assistance Technical Assistance: Sustainability for Courts Working with Veterans and Addicted PopulationsWe offer TA for grantees under the SAMHSA GAINS Center's Adult Treatment Court Collaborative (ATCC) and Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery (JDTR) progam for veterans