In the effort to fix our broken criminal justice system, local prosecutors already have a powerful tool in their toolbox—diversion. In a diversion, prosecutors agree not to pursue charges against an individual who would otherwise face prosecution, provided that the individual follows a prescribed program of treatment, services, restitution, or community service.
Diversion is a proven, effective tool for making communities safer and stronger. It is especially appropriate for individuals with minimal criminal records, who committed a non-violent offense and pose no risk to the community, or who need mental health or substance abuse treatment.