Diversion

  • Voices with Impact (6/26/2019)

    By James Kilgore, co-director of FirstFollowers Reentry Program

    There is an orthodoxy that changing laws should be left in the hands of legislators, lawyers and policy experts. But our recent campaign around changing electronic monitoring (EM) laws in Illinois provides another clear example of why the voice and participation of impacted people adds a key dimension to the process of policy change. Though this legislation focused on the state’s use of EM after people had completed their sentences, there are real lessons for folks working on pretrial legislation. (more…)


11/14/2018

Veterans Courts and the Heroic Imagination

In the summer of 1940, Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat based in Lithuania, made a critical decision. Jewish refugees and other Polish citizens had come to […]
05/02/2018

Step Up to Remove People with Mental Illnesses from Jails

56-year-old veteran Jerome Murdough was arrested for sleeping in the stairwell of a Harlem public housing project on a cold winter night. Murdough, who had been […]
04/04/2018

We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of the Opioid Crisis

When you read about our nation’s opioid crisis and law enforcement’s response to it, you will first confront a host of shocking statistics that try to […]
02/06/2018

No More Missing Lego Pieces: Pre-Arrest Diversion and Pretrial Justice

Guest Blog by Jac Charlier, National Director for Justice Initiatives, TASC As a kid I loved playing with Legos. The way they felt and sounded when I […]
06/28/2017

Justice Through Empowerment

The following first appeared as a guest post on Facing Addiction’s blog, News and Updates: When I met Greg Williams, he shared with me his personal […]
03/20/2017

Facing Addiction: Pretrial Justice is Important to Addressing the Substance Use Crisis

Guest blog by Michael King, Director of Outreach & Engagement, Facing Addiction The so-called War on Drugs, now in its fourth decade, has cost over $1 trillion […]
04/26/2016

To Better Address Reentry, Restrict Entry

The Department of Justice has designated April 24-30 as National Reentry Week. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has asked all U.S. Attorneys to host a reentry event, […]
06/24/2015

They Shouldn’t Be There

By Spike Bradford, editor-in-chief of the Pretrial Justice Institute Late last year I traveled with photographer David Y. Lee to interview and photograph pretrial defendants in […]