Do Jail Diversion Programs Really Work?

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Melissa Braham

Kansas failed to offer Melissa Braham an opportunity to participate in a jail diversion program when she was charged with a misdemeanor offense. But how effective are diversion programs in general? Still photo from video by Oliver J Hughes, courtesy ACLU Kansas.

The ACLU has filed suit in Kansas, alleging that the state has failed to give defendants sufficient opportunity to benefit from diversion programs. But a TCR investigation finds many experts who argue that the effectiveness of such programs depends on how well they are executed . . .

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