Taking the LEAD

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Mon, 09/05/2016 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a pre-booking diversion pilot program. It was originally developed with the community to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes in the Belltown neighborhood in Seattle and the Skyway area of unincorporated King County. The program allows law enforcement officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug or prostitution activity to community-based services, instead of jail and prosecution.

Since its inception in 2011, LEAD has proven to be a success. Cities around the country -- including Portland -- are considering adoption of a LEAD program. This week on Prison Pipeline, host Doug McVay takes a closer look at this innovative, progressive program with his guest Lisa Daugaard, Director of the Public Defender Association in Seattle, WA.

LEAD National Support Bureau

LEAD King County

Katal Center

Public Defender Association


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