Data-Driven Justice Initiative Playbook: How to develop a system of diversion

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016 | by Data-Driven Justice Initiative

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Communities across the country have recognized that a relatively small number of highly-vulnerable  people cycle repeatedly not just through local jails, but also hospital emergency rooms, shelters, and otherpublic systems, receiving fragmented and uncoordinated care at great cost to American taxpayers, with poor outcomes. To face these challenges, a growing, bipartisan coalition of 138 communities covering a populationof over 94 million Americans have committed through the Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) initiative to tackle someof the root-causes driving, and keeping, people in our jails.

This new community of practice is committed to sharing best practices as each region works towards achieving outcomes that are more effective and humane than repeated arrest and incarceration. City, county,and state leaders across the country have developed a range of innovative strategies, which have measurably reduced jail populations in several communities, helped to stabilize individuals and families, better servecommunities, and, often, save money in the process. Data-Driven Justice communities played a key role inhelping develop this playbook, sharing lessons learned and emerging best practices, so that more communities can build from the work already underway and accelerate progress towards impactful solutions for some of our nation’s most vulnerable individuals.