UK: Diversion Program – Rehab better than jail!

Criminals could avoid jail if they go to rehab under plans being considered by ministers to tackle racial bias

Teenage inmates at a Young Offenders facility CREDIT: HEATHCLIFFE O’MALLEY

19 DECEMBER 2017 • 12:01AM

Criminals will have charges dropped if they go to rehab under plans being considered by the Government to tackle racial bias in the justice system.

David Lidington is in talks with the Mayor of London to extend a pilot scheme which would allow those accused of low-level crimes to get treatment for alcohol or drugs rather than go to court.

The plan formed part of a comprehensive review by Labour MP David Lammy about the way black and minority ethnic people are treated by the criminal justice system.

Accepting the need to do more the justice secretary confirmed the Government is looking at each of the 35 recommendations made by Mr Lammy in a bid to improve the treatment of BAME people.

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