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File #: 15-0254R    Version: 0 Name: Implementing Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion in Baltimore
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 8/17/2015 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: Final action: 10/20/2016
Enactment #:
Title: Implementing Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion in Baltimore FOR the purpose of expressing support for an expansion of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program nationwide and requesting that law enforcement and other stakeholders appear before the City Council to discuss how the LEAD program could be implemented in Baltimore, what partnerships and structures need to be put in place to allow LEAD to succeed, and how to provide it with the necessary human and financial resources.
Sponsors: Bill Henry, President Young, Sharon Green Middleton, Eric T. Costello, Warren Branch, James B. Kraft, Carl Stokes, Helen L. Holton, William "Pete" Welch, Mary Pat Clarke, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Assisted, Baltimore City, Diversion, Law Enforcement
Attachments: 1. 15-0254R~1st Reader, 2. City Solicitor 15-0254r, 3. State Attorney's Office - Report 1 - 15-0254R, 4. Health 15-0254R, 5. Police 15-0254R, 6. State's Attorney's Office - Report 2 - 15-0254R, 7. 15-0254R~2nd Reader
* WARNING: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL, INTRODUCTORY COPY OF THE BILL.
THE OFFICIAL COPY CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IS THE FIRST READER COPY.
INTRODUCTORY*

CITY OF BALTIMORE
COUNCIL BILL R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Henry


A RESOLUTION ENTITLED

A COUNCIL RESOLUTION concerning
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Implementing Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion in Baltimore
FOR the purpose of expressing support for an expansion of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program nationwide and requesting that law enforcement and other stakeholders appear before the City Council to discuss how the LEAD program could be implemented in Baltimore, what partnerships and structures need to be put in place to allow LEAD to succeed, and how to provide it with the necessary human and financial resources.
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Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, is a public safety program designed to use human resources tools to address public order problems that do not respond well to a traditional prosecution and punishment approach. The LEAD program allows street level police officers to divert individuals committing low-level crimes, typically minor drug or prostitution offenses, away from formal arrest and prosecution and instead into an intensively managed social services program.

Officers can avoid arresting the same people over and over for non-violent addiction driven offenses, and offenders can be directly connected to social services providers with the ability to provide drug treatment services, housing, or other interventions that can remove the root causes of disruptive behavior more effectively than an encounter with the criminal just...

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