Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Where are all the diversions?

Any idea how many federal defendants successfully completed pretrial diversion in Kansas from 2012-2014?

Five.

And how many should have been at least eligible for diversion?

One hundred and six.

That's according to the Office of the Inspector General, which last month published a diversion audit recommending that the government take steps to strengthen the use of pretrial diversion and diversion-based court programs. The OIG found that "the potential cost savings from increased use of diversion programs could be substantial," and that the "recidivism rate for offenders who completed a diversion program was lower than the general recidivism rate for federal inmates." So why don't we use it more?

Thanks to David Freund for bringing this report to our attention.

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