Diversion Courts: When Good Intentions Go Wrong

Diversion courts provide an opportunity for criminal defendants to go to rehab instead of prison or jail. They hope to transform lives and ease overcrowded prisons. Although they are well intentioned, things sometimes go terribly wrong. Listen in to this opiate recovery support group as they discuss a rehab that is more like slave labor than treatment.

Discussion Guide:

Are you familiar with diversion courts?

Have you been a drug court member?

Have you been court ordered to a treatment facility that was not reputable and accredited?

How would you determine which treatment program is better than another?

What steps would you take to avoid being court ordered to a disreputable program?

Supplemental Reading:

Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter, They Throught They Were Going to Rehab. They Ended Up in Chicken Plants, http://www.revealnews.org/article/they-thought-they-were-going-to-rehab-they-ended-up-in-chicken-plants/