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United States Senate Allocates $2.5 Million for LEAD, Innovative Program that Diverts Drug Users from Incarceration

August 3, 2017
Drug Policy Alliance

DPA Press Release -- The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that contains $2.5 million for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD). The funding, which appears in legislation funding the Department of Justice, is recognition of the successes of the LEAD program across the country.

“LEAD is a critical program that recognizes that arrest and incarceration are not the way to treat drug use,” said Michael Collins, deputy director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s office of national affairs. “This funding will be crucial in the expansion of LEAD.”

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