The Drug Problem: Beyond Arrest

After more than 30 years with the Seattle Police Department, Jim Pugel knows first-hand that sending people to prison for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses doesn’t work. That’s why Pugel and his colleagues started a program that offers treatment instead of jail time to drug users at the point of arrest. Since its introduction in 2011, the Seattle program, known as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, has become a model worldwide for effective, humane law enforcement.

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