January 21, 2020 Feature

America’s New Criminal Justice System Diversion Program, the Community Acceptance Program

Scott B. Peterson, The Hon. Arthur L. Burnett Sr., and Jonathan A. Halstuch

Despite decades of unanimous support, advocacy, funding, and justification for more criminal justice system diversion programs in the United States, there have been few new authentic diversion programs established, and none of them have proven to be scalable on a state or national level. Unlike specialized courts such as drug court, authentic diversion programs are not a court, and they can be established locally in lieu of arrest, bail, jail, or conviction, and used to avoid a criminal record.

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