- Task force findings
In three years, 100 people with opiate drug addiction in Santa Fe:
• were arrested 5.9 times, an average of every six months;
• spent an average of 115 days in jail;
• went to the hospital for drug-related issues in 91 out of 100 instances;
• stood before judges in city, state and magistrate court for more than 800 hours;
• provided casework for 5,115 hours of public defenders’ time and 10,000 hours of prosecutors’ time;
• cost the law enforcement, jail, judiciary and medical system $4.2 million, or about $42,000 each;
• had property crime history or were subsequently arrested for property crimes in 51 of 100 cases.
Source: Santa Fe Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Task Force, 2010-12
Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 8:15 pm
Updated: 8:50 pm, Mon Jul 15, 2013.
People who are arrested for opiate possession in Santa Fe would be immediately sent to treatment programs instead of jail under a three-year pilot program recommended to the City Council by its Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Task Force.
The task force says the best way to close a revolving door of drug arrests and related property crime is a “pre-booking diversion program.” A resolution calling for establishment of the program is making its way through the city review process and earned a recommendation for approval Monday night from the city Finance Committee.
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Monday, July 15, 2013 8:15 pm.
Updated: 8:50 pm.