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.

Here is some of our recent work in this issue area:

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2017 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...
2017 Report or Paper No Entry: A Survey of Prosecutorial Diversion in IllinoisThe Center for Health and Justice has published a survey of prosecutorial diversion in Illinois, describing 54 programs operating in 37 counties, based on information submitted by prosecutors on the programs and options offered in their...
2017 Service Focus or Project Pre-Arrest Diversion 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...
2017 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Pre-Arrest Diversion 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. Pre-Arrest Diversion/Deflection Frameworks is designed for law...
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    Deflection Narrative
2017 Article, Interview 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 Article, Interview The ‘Deflection’ Surge: Key to Reducing Re-ArrestsIn this op-ed published in The Crime Report, Jac Charlier, national director for justice initiatives for the Center for Health and Justice makes the case for police deflection as a public health approach to better public safety. Excerpt:... link
2017 Training Self-Study Courses for Criminal Justice PractitionersFree, online courses offering strategies and solutions to stop cycles of drug use and crime In the face of a national opioid crises, and recognizing that most people entering the justice system have recently used illicit drugs and/or have a...
2017 Service Focus or Project The Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTAC Collaborative)Communities across the country are launching pre-arrest diversion initiatives designed to better address law enforcement’s encounters with people who have challenges with drug use and mental health. Such initiatives enable law enforcement officers,...
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...
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 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 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
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 Article, Interview 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 The 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... link
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
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 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
2013 Article, Interview 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
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 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

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