L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion)
Seattle's 'Radical Approach' To Heroin Epidemic Not dissimilar to Swedish Model Featured On PBS Documentary
This, whilst a good effort, is a poorer cousin of the long established strict but compassionate drug user diversion program set up in Sweden decades ago. This, like drug courts, enables the law to be a useful collaborator in the recalibrating educative process and recovery for substance users.
Heroin addict thanks judge for saving her life
Global Commission on Drug Policy's report - Pathways to Drug Policies that Work
For Drug Users, a Swift Response Is the Best Medicine
Seizing the Drug Policy Initiative
Busting the Myth That Marijuana Doesn't Kill in 1 minute
Diversion Programs Work - because of criminalization!
There is an exceptional initiative that has been trialled, piloted and implemented and all using criminalisation status to bring real and lasting change to substance users -no not just keep addicts alive and using - but giving addicts and dependent others a chance at living a life by getting them off drugs and back being a complete person again!
Drug Courts are successfully turning lives around from Hawaii to Miami and saving not only lives and potential, but millions of dollars that would otherwise be spent in continuing dependency, unproductive jail time and maintenance of damaging harm sustaining practices.
"...Drug courts are based on the assumption that drug abuse can, in fact, be positively addressed by the legal system...For example, it's easy to calculate the savings to taxpayers from King County's Drug Diversion Court: $11.2 million between 2005 and 2010.
A couple of recent days spent watching proceedings on the ninth floor of the King County Courthouse illustrated other reasons why those involved in our local drug court�judges, administrators, and even the arrested addicts...
A July report by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy found that state-wide, drug courts saved Washington taxpayers $7,651 per participant over that participant's lifetime."
1The War on Drug Courts August 16, 2011 by Eli Sanders http://www.nadcp.org/node/753 cited August 2011
Position Statement on Marijuana
Drug Courts 2012
The War on Drug Courts 2011.pdf
IBH Commentary HOPE Probation
Drug Courts Miami Power Point