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.

Here is some of our work in this issue area:

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2017 Article Deflection: A Powerful Crime-Fighting Tool That Improves Community RelationsIn this article, Jac Charlier, national director for justice initiatives for the Center for Health and Justice at TASC, discusses the concept of police deflection—sometimes called pre-arrest or pre-booking diversion. Charlier examines the... link
2017 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Law Enforcement Deflection Frameworks: A Decision Making Tool for Police LeadersAcross the country, local law enforcement agencies are seeking new ways to better serve and protect communities confronting the consequences of drug addiction and overdose. Law Enforcement Deflection Frameworks is designed for law enforcement...
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    Deflection Tool
2017 Service Focus or Project Police Deflection Criminal justice diversion refers to the broad category of justice models that divert people away from further prosecution, jail, or sentencing, and into services in the community. At the very front end of the criminal justice system, the...
2016 Service Focus or Project TASC-CHJ Medicaid Policy SeriesMedicaid Reforms to Support Criminal Justice Populations Medicaid expansion coupled with the criminal justice reform movement presents an unprecedented opportunity to build a criminal justice system—one that takes on a public health approach...
2016 Report or Paper 90/10 Funding to Promote Health Information Sharing between Correctional Agencies and Community-Based ProvidersThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It discusses the intersection between information technology, record sharing, the...
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    9010 Funding
2016 Report or Paper Health Homes for Justice PopulationsThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. The Affordable Care Act allows states to receive an enhanced match rate for “health home...
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    Health Homes
2016 Training Roll Call Videos for Law EnforcementImproving Community Safety and Community Relations by Understanding and Addressing Drug Addiction When people are addicted to drugs, their decision-making abilities are compromised. With information on how addiction affects the brain, and how to...
2015 Article STEER Deflection Model: Want to Reduce Drugs in Your Community? You May Want to Deflect Instead of ArrestIn this article from the September issue of Police Chief Magazine, Jac Charlier, national director for justice initiatives for the Center for Health and Justice at TASC, writes about models to divert people from arrest to treatment. The Montgomery... link
2015 Facts on Justice Issue 3: Substance Use Disorder Associated with Increased Risk of Death Long After Release from Prison
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    FOJ 2015, Issue 3
2015 Illinois Diversion Survey (2015)Building on its earlier national survey, No Entry: A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and Initiatives, the Center for Health and Justice is conducting an Illinois survey to explore the use of diversion programs and practices at...
2014 Report or Paper No Entry: A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and InitiativesThe Center for Health and Justice at TASC has published a national survey of more than 100 criminal justice diversion programs and initiatives, focusing on their strategies and lessons learned for reducing recidivism, improving health interventions...
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    Executive Summary
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    Full Report
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    Report Appendices
2014 Service Focus or Project No Entry: Stop the Revolving Door of Drugs & CrimeThe Center for Health and Justice at TASC (CHJ) promotes a public policy strategy of No Entry, designed to reverse the flow of drug-involved individuals going into and through the criminal justice system. No Entry involves structured, clinical...
2014 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource JLSCI Fact Sheet: Systems Change Initiative Offers Practical Solutions for Criminal Justice LeadersThis fact sheet explains the Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative (JLSCI), which helps local jurisdictions create and implement practical, collaborative responses to substance abuse and addiction among offenders. For more information on this...
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    JLSCI Fact Sheet
2013 Training Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative (JLSCI)The Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative (JLSCI) helps local jurisdictions create and implement practical, collaborative responses to substance abuse and addiction among offenders. From Ohio and Illinois to Georgia and Texas, criminal justice...
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Leveraging National Health Reform to Reduce Recidivism and Build RecoveryPresented to the National TASC Conference, May 2013 This presentation narrates the benefit the criminal justice system can gain from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and motivates stakeholders in the criminal justice arena to take advantage of these...
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    Natl TASC Slides
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Aligning Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Expansion with the Courts and Justice AgenciesPresented to the Justice & Health Initiative (JHI) Provider Working Group, June 4, 2013   People under justice supervision are very likely to have substance use disorders, serious mental illness and/or chronic medical conditions...
2013 Facts on Youth Youth Incarceration Continues Significant Decline, but Racial/Ethnic Disparities Persist
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    FOY 2013, Issue 2
2013 Facts on Justice Diverting Individuals With Substance Use Disorders from Incarceration to Community Treatment Saves Billions, Prevents Crime
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    FOJ 2013, Issue 1
2013 Facts on Youth Transferring Youth to Adult Court: Increase in Re-arrest Rate for Those with Non-violent Offenses, Decrease in Rate for Those with Violent Offenses
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    FOY 2013, Issue 1
2013 Article Anticipating the Impact of Health Care Reform on the Criminal Justice SystemPublished by the National Association for Court Management (NACM) in Court Manager (Spring 2013, Vol. 27, Issue 4), the article focuses on the implications and opportunities of health care reform for criminal justice systems, particularly with... link

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