Diversion and Alternatives: A qualitative understanding of police and substance users’ perspective
Source: Journal of Drug Issues
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: People in Recovery from Substance Use, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Recovery from Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders, Suicide Prevention
The study focuses on that diversion treatment is an approach that involves law enforcement and individuals. In this case, individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). Through interviews and focus groups the authors seek to gather insights about attitudes and perceptions about non-arrest programs among police and individuals with substance use disorders. Results demonstrate that from the police perspective the biggest barrier to using alternatives to arrest is police culture. And individuals with SUDs had positive attitudes about non-arrest programs, but negative attitudes about police and the justice system overall.