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.
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.
Police and social workers have been working together to address the convergence of mental health care and law enforcement in Marlborough for nearly a decade. As the mental health crisis deepens, organizers hope to expand the Jail Diversion Program that facilitates that cooperation.