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March 08, 2022 Gavel Talks | Season 4 - Episode 5

Time to take the LEAD - Diverting low level offenders from the courts

Hosted by Hon. Richard Ginkowski, Pleasant Prairie, WI

The maxim "you can't keep doing the same things and expect different results" took hold in Seattle 11 years ago when concerns over racial inequities in police enforcement of low level offenses led to a consortium between prosecutors, public defenders, social workers and treatment providers to provide community interventions as opposed to the traditional model of arrest, prosecution and conviction. 

King County's LEAD - Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion - program has in some form expanded to over 100 jurisdictions and was the focus of an ABA Criminal Justice Section program at the ABA Virtual Midyear Meeting. Gavel Talks host Richard Ginkowski reports.

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