Category:SAFE-Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

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Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice is one of SAFE Projects six lines of operation, a comprehensive approach to ending this epidemic.  Both Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice need the resources, strategies and partnerships to ensure they can quickly and effectively keep our communities safe. For communities, successful collaboration with law enforcement and criminal justice is the long-term solution to this crisis and the next one.

By the Numbers:

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    140,000 people enter drug court annually. 75% of drug court graduates don’t re-offend, compared to just 30% of those released from prisons. (National Association of Drug Court Professionals, 2017)
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) identified 15,466 fatalities in 2016 resulting from heroin overdoses, but 20,145 fatalities were caused by fentanyl or other synthetic opioids. (Police Executive Research Forum, 2017)
  • In states that adopt a naloxone access law, there is a 9-11% decrease in the number of opioid-related deaths.  (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2017)


SAFE Pre-Arrest Diversion – Pre-arrest diversion and other post arrest diversion programs are key to ending the cycle of addiction and incarceration. Users must be diverted from the criminal justice system and into treatment at every opportunity. SAFE Project encourages police and sheriff’s to adopt pre-arrest diversion programs and join the ranks of SAFE Project stations across the country.