L.E.A.D.

The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program is a community-based police diversion approach to addressing the population involved in the criminal justice system often because of addiction, mental illness, and poverty. LEAD was first implemented in Seattle in 2011, has since been replicated in Santa Fe, and now is in development in many other cities and counties around the U.S., including Albany, NY; Atlanta, GA; Portland, ME; Baltimore, MD; Louisville, KY; San Francisco, CA; and Fayetteville, NC. In a 2015 non-randomized control study supported by the Arnold Foundation and conducted by University of Washington researchers, LEAD was found to reduce recidivism by 58% compared to those who experienced the “justice system as usual.”