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The Use of Diversion

One definition of diversion is "the halting or suspension before conviction of formal criminal proceedings against a person, conditioned on some form of counter performance by the defendant" (George, 1984).
There are several reasons for the use of diversion.

- List 3 reasons with an explanation for the use of diversion, and discuss why it would be beneficial to the criminal justice system.
- Also explain how the use of diversion would have an effect on law enforcement.
- Is diversion cost-effective?

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One definition of diversion is "the halting or suspension before conviction of formal criminal proceedings against a person, conditioned on some form of counter performance by the defendant" (George, 1984). There are several reasons for the use of diversion: List 3 reasons with an explanation for the use of diversion, and discuss why it would be beneficial to the criminal justice system. Also explain how the use of diversion would have an effect on law enforcement. Is diversion cost-effective?

Diversion within the criminal justice system is the only way to alleviate the current disastrous policy that is the "war on drugs". The war on drugs has been the primary reason for incarceration of millions of inmates, which has resulted in America having the highest proportion of prisoners in the entire world. This policy began in gist in the 1970s and has resulted in a matriculation of offenders who are nonviolent drug offenders that has clogged up the criminal justice system and destroyed lives in the process. The use of the war on drugs has been a failed policy that should be a prime candidate for diversion.

Diversion within the criminal justice system is predicated upon the use of the criminal justice system to forward those convicted of criminal offenses towards a program that will ensure that they are prevented from being implemented into the criminal justice system or incarcerated. This will be beneficial for the person's future ability to obtain gainful employment and to reintegrate into society. This is the primary function for criminal justice in regards to rehabilitating offenders. Therefore, utilizing this for victimless drug offenses is the most sensible policy. The use of diversion for the drug offenses that are the currently representative of 70% of the incarceration figures within the United States is imperative for reforming a broken system.

Therefore, to understand how diversion will dramatically change the criminal justice system, YOU must first understand DRUG COURTS. Drug courts are diversionary programs that provide the criminal justice system with the autonomy to divert those convicted of victimless drug offenses away from prison, which subsequently frees up ...

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