For at least the last decade, criminal justice policymakers and practitioners have been testing “Alternatives to Incarceration” as a way to ease jail overcrowding, meet the needs of people in a mental health crisis, provide access to services for a variety of behavioral health issues, and to keep families intact while the accused is going through due process, to name a few.
This webinar explores the evolution of these efforts, with a specific focus on the latest crisis facing our criminal justice and public health systems: The Opioid Overdose crisis. We will look at several models of police and prosecutorial diversion/deflection that have proven to be effective in the battle against this crisis.
The webinar will:
1) Review framing concepts of alternatives to incarceration and pre-arrest diversion
2) Present various ways law enforcement and prosecutors are responding to substance use disorders, particularly in the fact of the opioid crisis
3) Discuss benefits of such initiatives in reducing recidivism
4) Present a basic framework for creating a diversion program
- Phillip Barbour, Master Trainer, Center for Health and Justice at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC)
- Ben Ekelund, Administrator of Consulting and Training, Center for Health and Justice at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC)
- Jac Charlier, National Director for Justice Initiatives, Center for Health and Justice at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC)
- PowerPoint Presentation