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Differentiating Deflection from Diversion

JSP Staff

Both diversion and deflection programs aim to reduce jail populations and remove collateral consequences of the criminal legal system. Unfortunately, practitioners and researchers often use these terms interchangeably creating confusion in reform spaces about the types of programs available to individuals. There is a critical need in the practicing and research communities to define these terms as separate types of programs and use the terms as unique terms. This resource suggests definitions and defining characteristics for both types of programs.