Community-Based Diversion Reduces Collateral Consequences of Involvement in the Criminal Legal System
Source: CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance
Resource Type: Website or Webpage Article
Focus Population: People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Juvenile Justice System Involvement
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System
Project Reset offers voluntary post-arrest, pre-arraignment diversion programming. The program originally engaged young adults and adults arrested for low-level nonviolent offenses who did not have a criminal record. In July 2019, it expanded to include individuals with prior convictions. A recent RAND evaluation found that Project Reset’s benefits extend beyond reducing court involvement and its collateral consequences. Participants overwhelmingly felt that they made the right decision in participating and had learned useful information about the legal system.