When it comes to improving our society and reducing strain on criminal justice systems, there are some solutions that are becoming increasingly obvious. Diversion is a positive tool that has the potential to play a critical role in the journey toward solving the problems associated with overloaded criminal justice systems. By targeting the underlying issues that led to the crime in the first place and educating offenders on the effects of their actions and consequences, effective diversionary programs open new doors for these at-risk populations, improve the long-term safety of our society, and help to alleviate massive strains on local criminal justice systems.
Making a Difference
Allowing first-time and low-level offenders an opportunity for diversion in place of jail time will be a significant first step in addressing the issues associated with overloaded court systems and recidivism. Evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) diversion programs for these individuals offer a perfect solution for these issues.
These diversion programs are being embraced more and more, and various diversion programs have been implemented throughout the nation. However, many of these programs still rely on costly and inconvenient classroom delivery, creating another set of barriers for first-time and low-level offenders. Online programs are proving to be a lower-cost and more convenient solution.
Online programs using well-established CBT principles are increasingly effective in the diversion of first-time and low-level offenders from criminal recidivism. Studies have shown that the use of online diversion programs results in significantly more positive outcomes for offenders.
- The two-year recidivism rate for offenders diverted through an Advent eLearning course was 25.7%. The three-year recidivism rate was 31.6%. The five-year rearrest rate was 34.3%.
- Only 15.5% of offenders who took an Advent eLearning course were rearrested within 5 years.
- These rates are significantly lower than the reincarceration rates of offenders jailed in Kentucky who committed similar offenses during the same period.
This research suggests the use of online diversion opens new doors for first-time and low-level offenders. Learn more about our program’s impact on recidivism here.
This is not only a better option for individuals facing jail time, but for society at large. Diversion programs allow local governments to forego the expensive costs of sending these individuals through the court systems. Increased usage of diversion programs also alleviates the challenges faced by local governments struggling to find capacity in their already crowded jails.
Why Choose Advent?
Advent’s eLearning programs are designed around an evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment approach. Our courses feature a variety of applications for police, prosecutor, and court-directed criminal justice applications. Whether it’s declined or deferred prosecution, pre- and post-filing diversions, sentencing alternatives, or probation sanctions, Advent’s eLearning programs offer numerous benefits to criminal justice professionals over traditional methods.
Some benefits our courses offer for criminal justice professionals over traditional sentencing include:
- Better use of criminal justice resources for low-level offenders
- Encourages accountability for offenders
- Avoids the collateral consequences to offenders after exposure to courts and jails
- Treats out-of-area offenders who don’t have access to local courts or classrooms
- Reduces recidivism by educating offenders about behavioral impacts and change strategies
The costs of the course can be paid by the defendant or community and grant funding. The courses can be combined with Advent’s wide range of other eLearning programs, community service, and restitution payments.
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