Integrating Pretrial Diversion Programs in Justice Reinvestment Strategies in Massachusetts

By Andrew Lindsay |

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 In this Report, Roosevelt Network’s Emerging Fellow for Equal Justice Andrew Lindsay recommends that Massachusetts pursue expanded community harm reduction pre-trial diversion programs as a means of reducing recidivism, new incarceration, and drug abuse through revisions to the JusticeReinvestment Act (S. 64/ H. 1429). This paper argues that current justice reinvestment strategies pay insufficient attention to the structural issues that motivate the revolving door of mass incarceration—namely, the connections between drug addiction, recidivism, and police–community trust. Using case studies from two successful programs,Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) and Project Longevity, this paper demonstrates how a multi-layered policy approach to pre-trial diversion in Massachusetts would decrease recidivism and new prisoner admissions among individuals from vulnerable communities

Integrating Pretrial Diversion Programs in Justice Reinvestment Strategies in Massachusetts

Andrew Lindsay is a senior at Amherst College and is Roosevelt's Emerging Fellow in Equal Justice.