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NCJ Number: 69870 Find in a Library
Title: Pretrial Diversion - A Reform Movement at the Crossroads (From Pretrial Services Annual Journal, P 62-83, 1979, by D Alan Henry - See NCJ-69868)
Author(s): D Fitzgerald
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Pretrial Services Resource Ctr
Washington, DC 20005
Sale Source: Pretrial Services Resource Ctr
1325 G Street NW
Suite 1020
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A historical overview of pretrial diversion is given, and interviews with key individuals who contributed to its early developments are presented.
Abstract: The aim of the research was to provide commentary on how the early architects of diversion conceptualized the idea, their ambitions and reservations, and how they have reacted to the evolution of diversion over the past 10 years. The research was intended to reaffirm the original goals and directions for diversion. The individuals who are known as the founding fathers of diversion represent a variety of backgrounds--prosecutor, attorney, administrator, professor. Of the six persons interviewed, three were practitioners who had a direct involvement in the operation of early diversion programs. Two major types of diversion processes emerged as a result of their efforts: prosecutor diversion and joint prosecutor-court diversion. Those interviewed agreed that the early pretrial intervention effort was a significant experiment. The early innovators had a clear idea of what they hoped diversion would accomplish and were motivated by concerns that the system of justice treat each individual equally and fairly. As the early architects suggest, diversion must demonstrate the flexibility and resilience of the early program to continue fulfilling the purposes for which it was developed. Footnotes are given.
Index Term(s): Diversion programs; Pretrial intervention; Pretrial programs; Prosecutorial diversion
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