Title

Turning Points: From Addiction and Incarceration to Diversion and Healing

Abstract

My presentation examines the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program as response to mass incarceration resulting from the U.S. "War on Drugs." LEAD, 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.

Faculty Sponsor

Suzanne Morrissey

Tracks

Discrimination and Incarceration

Terms of Use

ARMINDA Terms of Use

Location

Olin 138

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Research Funding Source or OCS Program

Whitman Internship Grant

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Turning Points: From Addiction and Incarceration to Diversion and Healing

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My presentation examines the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program as response to mass incarceration resulting from the U.S. "War on Drugs." LEAD, 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.

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