Evaluation of Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Finds Arrest Rates Significantly Lowered for Participants
Date:  04-28-2015

Those taking part in LEAD are 34-58 percent less likely to get arrested
The Open Society Foundations interviewed Lisa Daugaard, founder of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), who is also the project’s manager. While some were at first skeptical of the end results of the program which offers people who commit low-level drug offenses and people who are sex workers community services rather than jail time, an evaluation of LEAD found:

  • People in LEAD were 60% less likely than people in the control group to be arrested within the first 6 months of the evaluation.

  • Over the entire course of the evaluation to date, people in LEAD were 58% less likely than people in the control group to be arrested.

    Read why other areas of the country are now considering replicating the LEAD model of “pre-booking diversion” to help reduce incarceration and recidivism, and to assist people in getting the support services they need.