Court Diversion- Outline
Thesis Statement: Diversion programs are one of the most effective means of law enforcement
that takes into consideration the need to decongest the correctional facilities and serve the
purpose of correction effectively.
II. Reasons for using diversion
A. Decongesting prisons
B. Drug rehabilitation
C. Meaningful correction for minor offenses
III. Effects of diversion on law enforcement
C. Community involvement
IV. Cost efficiency and diversion programs
Running head: COURT DIVERSION
Diversion is a means of avoiding a criminal conviction by diverting the defendant from
the criminal justice system and into a diversion program that serves the same purpose. When a
defendant completes a diversion program, criminal charges against him are typically dropped.
That way, he or she avoids the entire process of incarceration and conviction and the stigma that
comes with them. Diversion programs are usually rehabilitation programs mostly for defendants
charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies mostly involving drugs and alcohol.
Diversion programs are one of the most effective means of law enforcement that takes into
consideration the need to decongest the correctional facilities and serve the purpose of correction
Reasons for Using Diversion
Diversion is mostly used in the U.S justice system as a means of reducing congestion in
the correctional facilities and making the courts more efficient through the reduction of court
cases in the system. For instance, in Illinois, the prison system is designed for 33000 inmates, but
in 2012, there were over 49000 inmates (Mears et al., 2016). Such congestion makes the prisons
unsafe and also a health hazard. Diversion programs then come in and save the day since through
diversion, the overcrowding is reduced and alternative correctional means used. Essentially, the
programs work to rehabilitate minor offenders hence making room in the correctional facilities
for more serious offenders. Therefore, the primary reason for using diversion would seem to be
the need to avoid overburdening the criminal justice system.
Second, diversion is used as a means of d...