Diversion 101: A New Framework for Understanding Diversion

According to Encyclopædia Britannica, diversion in criminal justice “is possibly as old as the justice system itself.” Yet there is little agreement among professionals about what diversion is and what it is intended to do. Diversion 101, a series of articles released today, offers a new framework for understanding diversion. Developed by the Center for Effective Public Policy in partnership with the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, Diversion 101 advances the foundational work done in the field of diversion to date and offers a roadmap for planning, implementing, and sustaining research-based diversionary options. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the series examines pre-conviction diversion options, provides clarity around their purposes, proposes guiding principles, and explores their public safety and other benefits.