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Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice

Enhance law enforcement and criminal justice in the fight against the addiction epidemic.

Both law enforcement and the criminal justice system need the resources, strategies and partnerships to ensure they can quickly and effectively save lives and keep our communities safe.

For communities, successful collaboration with law enforcement and criminal justice is the long-term solution to this crisis and the next one.  Given the deadly nature of the addiction epidemic,  there has never been a more essential time for law enforcement, the criminal justice system, behavioral health, and the community to work together to ensure access to treatment for individuals affected by substance use disorders  and mental illness. In fact, arrest does little to deter individuals with substance use disorder from committing crimes.

SAFE Project provides and facilitates innovative training, resources and partnerships to law enforcement across the country to ensure they have the tools available to save lives.

By the Numbers:

  • 140,000 people enter drug court annually. 75% of drug court graduates don’t re-offend, compared to just 30% of those released from prisons. (National Association of Drug Court Professionals, 2017)
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) identified 15,466 fatalities in 2016 resulting from heroin overdoses, but 20,145 fatalities were caused by fentanyl or other synthetic opioids. (Police Executive Research Forum, 2017)
  • In states that adopt a naloxone access law, there is a 9-11% decrease in the number of opioid-related deaths.  (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2017)

Programs:

SAFE Pre-Arrest Diversion – Pre-arrest diversion and other post arrest diversion programs are key to ending the cycle of addiction and incarceration. People should be be diverted from the criminal justice system and into treatment at every opportunity, and not criminalized.  SAFE Project encourages police and sheriff’s to adopt pre-arrest diversion programs and join the ranks of SAFE Project stations across the country.

In order to help law enforcement agencies create Pre-Arrest Diversion programs, SAFE Project created the Pre-Arrest Diversion Guide. This resource guide includes valuable information for those who are interested in starting a Pre-Arrest Diversion program that best suits their community and can be implemented in a way that helps law enforcement do their job of keeping the public safe.

 

 

 

Check out our Pre-Arrest Diversion Guide!

In order to help law enforcement agencies create Pre-Arrest Diversion programs, SAFE Project created the Pre-Arrest Diversion Guide. This resource guide includes valuable information for those who are interested in starting a Pre-Arrest Diversion program that best suits their community and can be implemented in a way that helps law enforcement do their job of keeping the public safe.