Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Enhance and Promote Diversion Strategies
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Some jurisdictions have allowed offenders with a drug use disorder, upon arrest, to be immediately diverted to alternative programs.

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Front-end efforts that direct individuals with substance abuse disorders to community-based treatment have proven promising in better treating behavioral health disorders and reducing the likelihood of recidivism. Diversion initiatives have expanded greatly over the past decade and include a variety of programs at all points of the system: prebooking, postbooking, court-based, deferred prosecution, and even those focused on special populations such as women with children. The Department of Justice will continue to monitor the development of diversion strategies at all levels of government and will provide enhanced Federal assistance and best practices information to promote the use of the most effective interventions.

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