Last month, Dr. Sarah Abbott, our Jail Diversion Program Director and Taylor Hayden, our Sudbury/Hudson co-response clinician, sat on a panel at the 14th Annual New England School Safety Conference
Retired Ashland Police Chief Craig Davis and Dr. Sarah Abbott, director for the Jail Diversion Program at Advocates in Framingham, were awarded the Judge Robert C. Campion Award for Community Service for the work they did for starting the Jail Diversion Program in Framingham in 2003, and expanding it throughout the state.
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.
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.