Oregon district attorney launches drug diversion program
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A district attorney in central Oregon is launching a program to divert people who have been arrested for small amounts of drugs from jail and into treatment.
The Bulletin reports Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel on Friday is starting the Goldilocks program, named so because it seeks to find the right intervention for each drug suspect’s crime.
A person arrested on a low level drug possession charge will be invited to a Friday meeting with the district attorney, a defense attorney and a drug and alcohol assessment professional. Those in need of treatment will have access.
Hummel says the drug possession charge will be dropped if the person remains crime-free for a year. But the maximum sentence will be sought for people charged with dealing drugs.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com