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This thesis discusses the LEAD program as a response to mass incarceration resulting from the U.S. War on Drugs. LEAD is a pre-booking, harm-reduction diversion program that operates through the Seattle Police Department, redirects chronic drug users and drug-related criminal activity, and addresses three major areas of life to encourage behavioral change among clients: personal relationships and support, housing, and changes in individual-police relations. Using in-depth interview and participant observation data, I mine LEAD client narratives to identify and describe turning points in users’ lived experiences of addiction, homelessness, and recovery, and consider their perspectives on harm-reduction services broadly.
Seattle (Wash.), Drug abuse, Drug control -- War on Drugs, Harm reduction -- Programs, Seattle (Wash.) -- Police Department, Rehabilitation - Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Project (LEAD), Drug Users, Drug abuse and crime -- Prevention, Whitman College 2017 -- Dissertation collection -- Anthropology Department
Public Accessible Thesis
Ash, Meghan E., "Living with Harm: The Impact of the LEAD Program and New Strategies of Drug Intervention in Seattle" (2017). Honors Theses. 321.
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