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 decision of whether to arrest a person is made by law enforcement.

Police diversion programs can happen pre-booking or pre-arrest. These initiatives deflect individuals out of the system before even entering it.

Depending on local community needs and behavioral health capacity, police diversion programs across the country have varying designs, but their goals are consistent: to continue to promote and enhance public safety while also responding more effectively to substance use and mental health problems, and to low-level offenses. These solutions help reverse the tide of people with nonviolent offenses entering the justice system.

The Center for Health and Justice works in partnership with law enforcement and community entities to design and develop police deflection programs, which promote and enhance public safety while also responding more effectively to substance use and mental health problems.

 

NEWS COVERAGE:

The Police Chief, March 7, 2018 (Online Article) "Law Enforcement Needn't Serve Alone on the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis"
The Police Chief, March 2018 (Magazine--Subscription Required) "Pre-Arrest Diversion: The Long Overdue Collaboration Between Police and Treatment"
The Crime Report, March 21, 2017 (Online Article) "The ‘Deflection’ Surge: Key to Reducing Re-Arrests"
The Police Chief, March 2017 (Online Article) "Deflection: A Powerful Crime-Fighting Tool That Improves Community Relations"
The Police Chief, September 2015 (Online Article) "Want to Reduce Drugs in Your Community? You Might Want to Deflect Instead of Arrest"

 

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