Co-response jail diversion programs were on the agenda at the American Society of Criminology’s annual international conference: “Institutions, Cultures, and Crime,” held this month in Atlanta, Georgia.
Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experiences a mental health challenge in a given year, according to the National Institutes of Health.
As attitudes in the “war on drugs” change, the city is hoping to tackle the opioid crisis as a public health problem rather than a law enforcement one.
As Massachusetts considers a sweeping criminal justice bill, it is imperative that legislators consider evidence-based programs that are successfully diverting individuals with mental health and substance abuse conditions from the criminal justice system and preventing recidivism.
Advocates, a provider of services to individuals facing life challenges, announced the expansion of its pre-arrest, co-responder Jail Diversion Program through a partnership with the Hudson and Sudbury police departments.