This is a late notice, but we need testimony in support of SB 108! You can go to the Legislative website: www.capitol.hawaii.gov and click “Submit Testimony” button on upper right, you can just put in the bill number (SB108) and click “Support” you could jot down a few points in the box (or not) and send it in to be counted.
THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT BILL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
SB 108 Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) PSM, JDL/WAM
Requires law enforcement agencies, including county police departments, to make personnel knowledgeable in the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) approach. Requires law enforcement officers, including county police officers, to implement the LEAD approach. K. RHOADS
This bill is about bringing the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program to Hawai`i for a pilot in Honolulu where community groups, service provides, and government agencies have been working since last summer to build the infrastructure..
LEAD is a community-based diversion program for people whose criminal activity is due to behavioral health issues. LEAD is a pre-booking or pre-arrest diversion program. In LEAD, low- level offenders for whom probable cause for arrest exists are diverted from arrest or booking by immediately referring them to harm-reduction, non-abstinence based, individualized case management.
LEAD was intended to demonstrate that non-coercive and non-punitive approaches to currently illegal activities such as drug use and other activities that individuals engage in to obtain funds to purchase drugs (e.g. car prowls, mail theft, prostitution, shoplifting) can be more effectively and humanely addressed outside of the criminal justice system.
CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT
CAP Testimony: 2-7-17-psm-sb-108-ss-lead
- LEAD is a more humane and compassionate way to address wrong-doing by the most vulnerable people in our community
- OCCC is bursting with low-level lawbreakers who, with the LEAD program, could be diverted from jail and into community services
- This could potentially save millions of dollars
- The LEAD program has been shown to improve relationships between law enforcement and the community
- The evaluations of the Seattle LEAD Program (started in 2011) show that
- 55% more people entered treatment
- 60% less likely to be arrested after being in LEAD
- 82% were homeless prior to participation; 40% were housed
- Over 35 jurisdictions are exploring or implementing LEAD
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO HELP SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY!