Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance
The Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated (Fl) Program is funded under the Edward Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program and a carve out from the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program that is aimed at combating extraordinary or precipitous increases in crime. The FI Program furthers the Department’s mission by trying new approaches, addressing gaps in responses, building or translating research knowledge, or building capacity to address the issues that bring fresh perspectives and ideas to enhance practices and prevent crime in the field.
The Center for Effective Public Policy, in partnership with the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), will utilize grant funds to develop a national “Diversion Repository.” The Repository will serve as a “one stop shop” for information about diversionary options, national practices, existing resources and new resources developed through this project. The goals of the project include (I) developing and field-testing new diversion resources to fill the gap between those currently available and those that are needed to guide future diversionary efforts; (2) building an online “Diversion Repository” to efficiently disseminate information on evidence-based diversion, including both existing and newly developed resources; and (3) conducting awareness building, discipline-specific, diversion-focused workshops at national conferences.