Pre-Arrest Diversion Frameworks: A Decision Making Tool for Police Leaders

Across 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 enforcement leaders confronted with frequent cases involving addiction and overdose. Rather than arresting and re-arresting individuals who have drug problems, many jurisdictions are implementing alternative approaches. This document presents the main methods for diverting or “deflecting” individuals away from the justice system and into appropriate services in the community.

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