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According to the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies’ Performance Standards and Goals for Pretrial Diversion/Intervention, pretrial diversion/intervention is “a voluntary option which provides alternative criminal case processing for a defendant charged with a crime that ideally, upon successful completion of an individualized program plan, results in a dismissal of the charge(s)


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Alternatives to Prosecution: San Francisco’s Collaborative Courts and Pretrial Diversion - California Policy Lab 2020

San Francisco referred over 16,000 individuals between 2008 and 2018 through the Collaborative Courts and Pretrial Diversion programs; overall one quarter of filed criminal cases were referred to diversion. People who were referred to diversion programs had longer criminal justice histories than those whose cases were not referred, but were otherwise demographically similar


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First Friday Forum: Pre-Arrest Diversion

The February 2018 First Friday Forum focused on strategies for pre-arrest diversion, examples from the field, and the upcoming Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative conference


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First Friday Forum: Pre-Arrest Diversion

The February 2018 First Friday Forum focused on strategies for pre-arrest diversion, examples from the field, and the upcoming Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative conference. #Diversion

First Friday Forum Pre-Arrest Diversion.mp4


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Promising Practices in Pretrial Diversion - NAPSA 2006

This document provides information regarding promising practices in pretrial diversion, major issues and outcomes from the field, and challenges and opportunities. #Diversion #PretrialServices

Promising Practices in Pretrial Diversion - NAPSA 2006.pdf


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Identifying Existing Health Resources for Participants in Diversion Programs - George Washington University 2015

This document is meant to work as a guide for criminal justice stakeholders in identifying health resources for those in diversion programs. It provides information on diversion programs, health services, and health insurance, as well as services beyond healthcare, including food stamps and housing. #Diversion

Identifying Existing Health Resources for Participants in Diversion Programs - George Washington University 2015.pdf


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City Leadership to Reduce the Use of Jails- Framework/Self-Assessment for a Strong Diversion Program - NLC 2018

This framework outlines the elements common to strong early diversion programs and supporting structures. Use this self-assessment to determine your city’s current capacity and opportunities for growth in key components of a structure that supports public safety, accountability, and reduced use of jails through pre-arrest diversion. #Diversion #LawEnforcementJails

City Leadership to Reduce the Use of Jails- Framework:Self-Assessment for a Strong Diversion Program - NLC 2018.docx


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Pretrial Diversion and the Law: A Sampling of Four Decades of Appellate Court Rulings - PJI 2007

This report follows the every step of the pretrial diversion process from 80 court rulings, including legal issues regarding eligibility, enrollment in the program, terms of the agreement, action due to non-compliance of those terms, dismissal of charges once the program is completed, and use of the diversion information. #Diversion

Pretrial Diversion and the Law: A Sampling of Four Decades of Appellate Court Rulings - PJI 2007.pdf


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The Role of Traditional Pretrial Diversion in the Age of Specialty Treatment Courts - PJI - 2007

This paper attempts to highlight the benefits of the pretrial diversion process in a time when attention was focused on specialty treatment courts. Due to the lack of research on traditional pretrial diversion after the implementation of specialty treatment courts, there is no guide on how they can work together and the purpose of this report is to address that. #Diversion

The Role of Traditional Pretrial Diversion in the Age of Specialty Treatment Courts - PJI - 2007.pdf


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Advancing Collaboration, Innovation, & Law Enforcement Diversion for Safer and Healthier People and Communities - PTAC 2017

This flyer provides a brief summary of some of the work done by the PTAC Collaborative around law enforcement diversion. The mission of the PTAC Collaborative is to strategically widen community behavioral health and social service options available through law enforcement diversion

Advancing Collaboration, Innovation, & Law Enforcement Diversion for Safer and Healthier People and Communities - PTAC 2017.pdf



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No Entry- A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and Initiatives - CHJ 2013

This report examines diversion programs and interventions from across the country, in order to highlight program designs, stakeholders, the effect on communities, challenges and successes, effectiveness of the program, and financial impacts. #Diversion

No Entry- A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and Initiatives - CHJ 2013.pdf


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Testing the Cost Savings of Judicial Diversion - Center for Court Innovation et al 2013

The Rockefeller Drug Law Reform was passed in New York in 2009, and eliminated the requirement of automatic prison time for felony drug offenders and allows judicial diversion as an alternative...#Diversion #ResearchData

Testing the Cost Savings of Judicial Diversion - Center for Court Innovation et al 2013.pdf


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Breaking the Cycle of Low-Level Crime: Public Safety Innovations During an Era of Change - Californians for Safety and Justice 2015

The strategies in this brief are based on the stage of the intervention: deterring crime, diversion before arrest, diversion before conviction and alternatives to incarceration. #Diversion

Breaking the Cycle of Low-Level Crime- Public Safety Innovations During an Era of Change - Californians for Safety and Justice 2015.pdf




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Report of the Intergovernmental Pretrial Justice Reform Task Force - 2015

The Task Force was divided up into three sections, each with different areas of focus including bond and bail, fees and fines, and diversion programs...#ResearchData #Bail #Diversion

Report of the Intergovernmental Pretrial Justice Reform Task Force - 2015.pdf


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NIJ’s Multisite Evaluation of Prosecutor-Led Diversion Programs: Strategies, Impacts, and Cost-Effectiveness - Rempel et al. 2018

In recent years, a growing number of prosecutors have established pretrial diversion programs, either pre-filing —before charges are filed with the court—or post-filing —after the court process begins but before a disposition. Participating defendants must complete assigned treatment, services, or other diversion requirements

NIJ’s Multisite Evaluation of Prosecutor-Led Diversion Programs- Strategies, Impacts, and Cost-Effectiveness - Rempel et al. 2018.pdf