The ‘Deflection’ Surge: Key to Reducing Re-Arrests

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Police officer, Los Angeles. Photo by fourbyfour blazer via Flickr

Law enforcement officers know the routine well. They encounter someone who has a drug addiction or a mental health problem. Sometimes they stop the person for a low-level offense, such as drug possession, petty theft, or vagrancy.

Sometimes this might mean arrest, but often it means not being able to do anything.

If an arrest is made and the person is prosecuted, then very often, he or she will be arrested again and the cycle continues.

Confronted with people . . .

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