Most Mentally Ill Defendants Not Diverted To Treatment In San Diego County
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Photo by Claire Trageser
One year ago, the California Legislature passed a law allowing mentally ill defendants facing criminal charges to be diverted into treatment, rather than jail.
In San Diego County, just 20 of the 80 defendants who have requested diversion have been granted that option. The San Diego County District Attorney's office has opposed nearly every request for diversion, according to a story in The San Diego Union-Tribune by reporter Greg Moran.
San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan has announced her own plan to deal with mentally ill defendants. The Blueprint for Mental Health Reform, announced in May of this year, calls for a working group of prosecutors, law enforcement and health care professionals to create diversion programs that "...protect our victims and communities, while providing equal and fair access to diversion for those charged with crimes.”
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