The Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday announced the launch of an adult diversion program that will place individuals arrested for certain crimes in support programs in lieu of other legal consequences.
The LAPD, in cooperation with Los Angeles County’s Alternatives to Incarceration Office, established the ATI Pre-File Diversion Program on Monday, according to a police statement.
The program will direct people arrested for “select misdemeanors and non-violent felonies” to community support programs instead of facing harsher penalties, such as criminal charges, prosecution and jail time.
Arrestees will be screened by law enforcement for eligibility for the program based on the offense they were arrested for and past criminal history, using criteria developed by prosecuting agencies, according to a statement from the City Attorney’s Office.
Arrestees will then be referred to service providers who will assess their needs, create a treatment plan, provide links to service, ensure each individual is able to access the services and, if necessary, connect arrestees to resources such as shelter and transport.
“In many cases treatment and services can be much more effective than brief time in jail,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said.
“This pilot program provides intervention rather than prosecution, recovery rather than the status quo. It is an important addition to the numerous justice reform programs my office already offers.”
The program is intended to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety, the LAPD said in a statement. No police report will be filed during an arrestee’s treatment, and will be archived upon their completion of the program.
Arrestees will not face criminal charges if they complete the program. However, prosecuting agencies “will determine an appropriate response” if the person leaves the program without completing it, according to the City Attorney’s Office.
The LAPD 77th Street Community Police Station jail will be the first to implement the program, and the LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center and LAPD Van Nuys Station jail are soon expected to use the program.