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 phases of justice system involvement prior to conviction and sentencing, with a special focus on those operated by prosecutors. A robust assortment of diversion options are available to jurisdictions across the State, some even codified by State statute, but anecdotal evidence suggests they are underutilized.

The goal of the project is to give stakeholders and policymakers a better understanding of what is happening across Illinois with respect to criminal justice diversion, what is working, and what policies, practices, and innovations may be replicable to generate cost savings and positive public health and safety outcomes.

In addition, the survey results will help develop an understanding about program design, stakeholders, affected communities, implementation, and where available, cost savings and overall effectiveness. With this information, we hope to expand knowledge about the breadth, availability, and potential of such options among decision-makers at local, state, and national levels.

Note: Many different definitions of “diversion” exist. For this project, the definition of “diversion” includes only those programs and practices that divert individuals from involvement in the criminal justice system in a way that affords them the opportunity to avoid a public criminal conviction.

Find out more about No Entry and community-based diversion.

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