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Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)

Side event: Should Police be leading reform? Diversion schemes, decriminalisation and drug consumption rooms

Organized by Law Enforcement Action Partnership UK and Law Enforcement Action Partnership US James Nicholls, Transform Drug Policy Foundation Police Diversion Schemes in the UK Context: 43 forces; 7 with existing diversion schemes. 135,000 simple possession arrests in the UK in 2019. Reduced police resources. Increased incidences of more serious violent crime (including drug-related). Introduction …

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HRC side event – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD project)

Ian Goodhew: Deputy chief of staff – kings county prosecuting attorney’s office Innovative project made up of a number of organisations including the Seattle Police department, the prosecutors office, the defender association (public defence agency), ACLU, department of corrections, sheriff’s office. LEAD gives police on the street a choice when arresting low level offenders about diverting them into treatment. It …

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