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Justice Involved

Justice Involved refers to those who have become involved with the law and justice system.

LEAD: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

LEAD is a pre-booking diversion program that allows officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drugs or prostitution activity to community-based services instead of jail and prosecution. LEAD participants begin working immediately with case managers to access services. LEAD’s goals are to reduce the harm a drug offender causes him or herself, as well as the harm that the individual is causing the surrounding community. This public safety program has the potential to reduce recidivism rates for low-level offenders and preserve expensive criminal justice system resources for more serious or violent offenders.

The Medical Amnesty Initiative

medicalMedical Amnesty legislation saves lives. Each year, thousands of young people tragically lose their lives to alcohol poisoning and other alcohol related unintentional injuries. In situations where a minor is in need of emergency medical attention, studies show the worry is more about getting in to trouble and receiving a Minor in Possession/Consumption of alcohol (MIP) ticket, instead of the well being of that person. As a result, lives are put at risk. Medical Amnesty legislation (911 Good Samaritan, 911 Lifeline) can eliminate these common fears by guaranteeing a limited immunity to the underage and intoxicated individuals who seek help for themselves or another individual who is in need of immediate medical attention.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals


This extraordinary group of innovative judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and clinical professionals created a common-sense approach to improving the justice system by using a combination of judicial monitoring and effective treatment to compel drug-using offenders to change their lives.

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

NCMHJJ logoThe National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice was founded in 2001 to provide a national focal point aimed at improving policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system. As research in this field grew, it became apparent that the vast majority of youth not only have diagnosable mental health disorders, but more than half meet criteria for co-occurring substance use disorders.

Reentry and Corrections Consumer Education-Federal Trade Commission

2_reentry newThe FTC’s free materials help reentering and incarcerated consumers learn the basics of managing money, spotting and avoiding scams, and making buying decisions that are best for them and their families. You can use these free materials in workshops, community fairs, gatherings — or for your own personal use.

Reentry Education Toolkit

reentry toolkitThis tool kit offers guidelines, tools, and resources to help education providers implement the Reentry Education Framework. The Framework promotes the development of an education continuum spanning facility- and community-based reentry education programs. It has five critical components—program infrastructure, strategic partnerships, education services, transition processes, and sustainability.

SAMHSA’s GAIN Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

mastheadIn the field of behavioral health, the term evidence-based practices (EBPs) refers to interventions that have been rigorously tested, have yielded consistent, replicable results, and have proven safe, beneficial, and effective for most people diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders. Several years ago, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center convened expert panel meetings to assess the empirical evidence on the applicability of several key EBPs for justice-involved persons. The lead expert for each of these panels created summary EBP briefs subsequent to these meetings.