The city of Seattle has tried a different approach. Under Seattle's Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program (LEAD), eligible low-level drug and prostitution offenders are diverted to community-based treatment and support services at the time of arrest, thereby avoiding prosecution and incarceration. Here's how it works: When an eligible individual is arrested for a drug or prostitution offense, a trained police officer has the discretion to refer the arrestee to a designated case worker in lieu of booking the individual into jail to await trial. The LEAD case worker conducts an assessment of the individual at the police precinct and connects him or her with services that most address their needs, which may include drug treatment, housing, education, job placement, transportation, child care and other services. If the individual does not take advantage of the assistance offered or is re-arrested, he or she may ultimately be prosecuted for the arrested offense. Significantly, unlike traditional drug courts in which the defendant must first plead guilty and be subject to incarceration if he or she does not abstain from drug use or does not otherwise comply with the conditions of supervision, there is a recognition that the process of changing the individual's destructive behavior is a long and difficult one, and the person may continue in the program even if complete abstinence from drug use is not immediately achieved.