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Pre-booking diversion: an alternative to conviction and incarceration

Pre-booking diversion: an alternative to conviction and incarceration

In Baltimore City, approximately 20,000 people were arrested for drug-related offenses annually in 2012 and 2013; nearly three quarters for simple possession. And while there has been a great deal of discussion over the last few years regarding the incarceration of individuals for drug crimes, particularly in minority communities, the fact is that most drug cases in Baltimore do not result in confinement, except for those unfortunate enough not to have the funds to post bail while awaiting trial. Instead, defendants' cases are either dismissed for various reasons or defendants are placed on some form of post-conviction supervision. Notably, the re-arrest rate for many of these...

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