Jail Diversion: Does It Work? Can It Work?
Date of Award
Undergraduate Capstone Project
Master of Professional Studies
University College, Organizational Leadership
Diversion, Jail, Mental illness
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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Middents, Greg, "Jail Diversion: Does It Work? Can It Work?" (2009). University College: Organizational Leadership Capstones. 7.