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Why Buffalo Needs Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD): Reducing Arrests and Providing Alternatives to Incarceration

Date: Jun 25, 2020
Author(s): Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Tanvier Peart
Topic(s): Criminal Justice: General, Criminal Justice: Policing
Type: Publication

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a pre-arrest diversion program that improves public safety and public health through partnership between police and community service providers.

In a LEAD program, when an individual comes into contact with law enforcement due to substance use, mental health, or poverty, police officers can choose to divert them into an intensive case management program—instead of arresting them.