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Building exits off the highway to mass incarceration: Diversion programs explained

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"Diversion program" can refer to a wide variety of initiatives to keep people out of jail. We wrote one report that explains them all. Our report envisions the criminal justice process as a highway, with five major "exits" off the road to incarceration — that is, five basic types of diversion programs. We compare and contrast the different programs, showing how the best programs get people off the highway to incarceration as early as possible, long before jail time or arrest.

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Learn about the national prison crisis and how we can begin to turn the tide on mass incarceration. Then, drill down to your state.

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