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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2012 Facts on Justice Private Prison Population Grows 80% in Past Decade
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    FOJ 2012, July
2012 Training Training for Madison County, IllinoisIn support of Madison County's Adult Redeploy initiative, CHJ provided training on offender cultures, probation supervision, post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans, and implications of the Affordable Care Act. The Adult Redeploy initiative...
2012 Technical Assistance Technical Assistance on Evidence-Based SentencingAs an outgrowth of the Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative, CHJ provided technical assistance for ad litem attorneys in Bexar County, TX on evidence-based sentencing for drug-involved offenders, recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC), and...
2012 Technical Assistance Statewide Criminal Justice Framework for Behavioral Health IntegrationFor the State of Ohio, CHJ produced a statewide diversion and reentry plan, integrating behavioral health treatment with criminal justice systems. In phase two, we are consulting with the state on health homes for offenders.
2012 Report or Paper Sustainability for Publicly-Funded Behavioral Health and Justice Grant ProgramsTechnical assistance paper published by SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation. The paper discusses how pilot projects and demonstration programs can extend their impact from one-time efforts to sustainable... link
2011 Article Article: Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures and Recidivism Among Jail PopulationsArticle in Correctional Law Reporter. Authors: McDonnell, M., Brookes, L., Lurigio, A., Baille, D.
2011 Report or Paper Case Management for Substance Abusing OffendersBook chapter in Handbook of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. Author: Rodriguez, P. In C. Leukefeld et al. (eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. Issues in...
2011 Article Reforming the Criminal Justice System in the United States: Issues and RecommendationsJournal article published in special issue of the Prison Journal (September 2011, Vol. 91), which which presented a series articles in which several of the nation's preeminent criminal justice researchers discuss strategic solutions that can... link
2011 Report or Paper Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures and Recidivism Among Jail Populations (COCHS Paper)Paper presented at a conference of Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) in 2011. The goal of the conference was to bring attention to potential opportunities that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may create for communities to better... link
2011 Report or Paper Special Issue: Reforming the Criminal Justice System in the United StatesSpecial issue of the Prison Journal (September 2011, Vol. 91) presenting a series articles in which several of the nation's preeminent criminal justice researchers discuss strategic solutions that can reverse the costly incarceration trends of the... link
2011 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Presentation Slides: Criminal Justice Reform: Issues and Recommendations for CorrectionsSlides presented at a Congressional briefing to introduce a special issue of the Prison Journal (September 2011, Vol. 91), which presented a series articles in which several of the nation's preeminent criminal justice researchers discuss strategic...
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    Slide Presentation
2011 Technical Assistance Systems Consulting: Maximizing State Treatment ResourcesFor the State of Ohio, we facilitated a multidisciplinary workgroup process with criminal justice, health, community, and business organizations to maximize treatment resources for the greatest impact.
2010 Article 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 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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    Executive Summary
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    Full Report
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    Appendices
2009 Article 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 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 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 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 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

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