Title

Jail Diversion: Does It Work? Can It Work?

Date of Award

11-18-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Leadership & Organizations

Advisor

Christopher Edwards

Keywords

Diversion; Jail; Mental Illness

Abstract

Jail diversion is an alternative for individuals with serious mental issues who have engaged in non-violent criminal behavior but need treatment not jail confinement. Jail Diversion falls into two areas of intervention: (1) the mechanism by which a person is identified at an early point when arrest process and diverted into community based mental health services and (2) the system introduces services thereby reducing overcrowded jail setting and providing more focused treatment. Each year in the United States, 14 million people are arrested and booked into jails. An estimated 1,100,000 have mental issues. Research provides evidence that jail diversion addresses difficult problem with treatment services for mentally ill instead of incarceration.

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