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April 25, 2019

Framingham Law Day speaker: Freedom of the press is a pillar of democracy

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.

November 27, 2018

Sarah Abbott Presents Research about Jail Diversion Program

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.

April 25, 2018

Framingham officials discuss opioid crisis

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.

February 2, 2018

As I See It: A local model pointing the way for Massachusetts criminal justice reform

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.

January 29, 2018

Advocates Expands Jail Diversion Program to Hudson, Sudbury

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.