Albany Times Union: Albany police divert 40 repeat low-level offenders into social services

The Albany Times Union reports on the first year of Albany police’s “Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)” program.


“Last year, 40 people struggling with mental illness, substance abuse and poverty were diverted from the criminal justice system into public health services by Albany’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. All but one of the participants stayed with the program. They are housed, receiving treatment and learning new skills.”


The full story can be found here: Albany police divert 40 repeat low-level offenders into social services