Health Lab Drug treatment or jail: Chicago Police to expand unique pilot program

Chicago Sun-Times / December 10, 2017
By Frank Main

In a novel experiment, the Chicago Police Department has rounded up dozens of drug addicts over the past two years and has given them an ultimatum: treatment or jail.

Most opted for treatment and only a handful were rearrested.

Now, the department plans to expand that pilot program.

Starting next year, patrol officers will identify candidates for diversion and bring them to a West Side police station where treatment experts will evaluate them for entry into the appropriate therapy. The goal is to expand the program citywide.

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10 December 2017