Portland Adopts Drug Offender Diversion Program

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A new drug diversion program was announced yesterday in Portland, The Oregonian reports. Police will be allowed to send low-level drug offenders to treatment instead of to jail. The intent is to keep such offenders from repeat trips to jail, while also reducing the wide disparity of African Americans and other minorities from recommitting drug crimes, officials say. If a participant relapses into drug . . .

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