Rio Arriba County is set to receive more than $580,000 to expand its Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, which allows police to divert people to community-based health services instead of sending them to jail.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, is intended to reduce recidivism by keeping low-level drug and prostitution offenders out of the criminal justice system.

The additional funding will be used to expand the number of people eligible for diversion and provide transitional housing assistance.

The effort has support from U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, and U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández, all New Mexico Democrats.

“The rehabilitation focus of this program directs nonviolent offenders toward community-based services,” Luján wrote in a news release. “This will allow law enforcement to prioritize violent crime prevention.”

(2) comments

Miranda Viscoli

That is a good day. Thank you to all who helped make this happen. Getting people into services will reduce crime and help those who need it.

Chris Mechels

Feeding more money into the corrupt Rio Arriba system simply gives it more energy.

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