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Prosecutorial Diversion

Prosecutorial diversion programs can help reduce the burden on the court system, reducing repeated cycling of individuals through the system, connecting people to health and social services, reserving prosecutorial resources for more serious cases, or saving costs. 

In such programs, prosecution or sentencing can be deferred while participants engage in supervised programming, and charges are dropped when it is completed successfully. 

By intervening early, caseloads and jail days can be reduced, criminal records can be prevented, and access to services that put men and women on the path to health and stability can be accelerated. Diversion can prevent the costs and harmful collateral consequences—to the justice system, the community, and the individual—of repeated arrests, convictions, and incarcerations.

Working with local jurisdictions within the contexts of their state’s laws and prosecutorial frameworks, CHJ supports prosecutorial diversion by offering collaborative strategies based on research, science, evidence-based practices, and equity.

Report / Issue Brief | 2017
The Center for Health and Justice has published a survey of prosecutorial diversion in Illinois, describing 54 programs operating in 37 counties, based on information submitted by prosecutors on the programs and options offered in thei...
Report / Issue Brief | 2020
TASC-CHJ As communities across the country face crises of drug addiction and overdose, the need for timely access to quality, evidence-based treatment for people with substance use disorders is clear and pressing. This series of briefs is offered to help...
Report / Issue Brief | 2018
in Jail Settings Preventing Deaths, Reducing Risk to Counties and States As the opioid crisis continues, jails across the country are encountering people with opioid use disorders who are actively using heroin, fentanyl, illicit prescription medications, and other opioids....
Expert Area | 2013
In partnership with Policy Research Associates (PRA), CHJ is conducting trainings on diverting veterans with behavioral health issues away from the criminal justice system and into treatment. We are providing training and technical assistance on sustainability to grantee...