What is the Prosecutor-Led Diversion Initiative?
The Prosecutor-Led Diversion Initiative is a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) national training and technical assistance program designed to help prosecutors plan, implement, and evaluate new prosecutor-led diversion options. Funded under the Second Chance Act, the initiative seeks to encourage, support, and provide assistance to prosecutors who are building the next generation of diversion programming: programs that serve individuals who are jail or prison bound and who frequently suffer from mental illness,
drug or alcohol dependency issues, or who are victims of sexual trafficking.
The Association of Prosecuting Attorney (APA) was selected by BJA as the national training and technical assistance provider for the initiative following a competitive grant solicitation. APA is working collaboratively with BJA in developing the initiative with additional support from the Center for Innovation and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago.
To learn more about the initiative, see the PLD Initiative Fact Sheet.