DA Underhill and Public Safety Partners Roll Out Groundbreaking L.E.A.D. Program

District Attorney Rod Underhill, together with a wide array of public safety partners and partner-agencies, formally announced the implementation of the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program Monday, February 27th.   LEAD is a pre-booking diversion program that allows police officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug activity to community-based services instead of jail and prosecution. The goals of LEAD are to reduce the harm that a drug offender causes him or herself and the surrounding community, reduce recidivism rates for low-level offenders and decrease the number of people of color prosecuted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.


Below you will find links to several news stories about LEAD:

Seattle drug treatment program, LEAD, comes to Portland (KOIN)

Portland Police To Send Drug Addicts To Treatment Instead Of Jail (OPB)

Program allows Portland police to send low-level drug users to help instead of jail (Oregonlive)

Local law enforcement launches ‘LEAD’ – a new diversion program (KATU)

Officials look to LEAD program to try drug treatment instead of arrests (FOX 12)