In the News

April 17th, 2016 - Seattle TimesShift toward more flexible, treatment-focused U.N. drug policy

February 23th, 2016 - KPLUSeattle's 'Radical Approach' To Heroin Epidemic Featured On PBS Documentary

December 28th, 2015 - The Baltimore SunBaltimore police to try treatment instead of arrest for drug abusers

December 2nd, 2015 - ViceHow Some Cities Are Helping Drug Offenders Instead of Arresting Them

October 9th, 2015 - ASAMSeattle’s LEAD Project – A Different Approach with Low-Level Drug Offenders

October 7th, 2015 - ABC News: Why a Seattle Police Program Wants to Keep Low-Level Drug Offenders Out of Jail

July 2nd, 2015 - Washington Post: How Seattle is upending everything we think about how cops do their job

July 2nd, 2015 - White House Domestic Policy Council Blog: LEAD-ing the Way to a More Efficient Criminal Justice System

May 22nd, 2015 - The Ithaca Voice: The Seattle model Ithaca may use to shatter drug-jail cycle

May 18th, 2015 - White House Press ReleaseFact Sheet: Creating Opportunity for All Through Stronger, Safer Communities

May 8th, 2015 - The Daily Beast: The war on drugs is over (if you want it)

May 7th, 2015 - Huffington PostAmerica's War on drugs has failed. This program might be the solution.

April 8th, 2015 - Washington PostSeattle attempt to keep addicts out of jail shines in study

April 8th, 2015 - Seattle Times: LEAD Program for low-level drug criminals sees success

April 8th, 2015 - Seattle Crosscut: Diversion program: New hope for dealing with low-level crime

April 8th, 2015 - The Atlantic Citylab: Seattle's Radical Approach to Drug Crimes is Working

April 8th, 2015 - KUOW: Chief Deputy Jim Pugel: 'The Old System Doesn't Work'

April 8th, 2015 - KPLU: Research Shows Seattle's Program To Connect Low-Level Offenders With Services Is Working

April 8th, 2015 - Press Release: Innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program Is Showing Success

March 25th, 2015 - The GuardianSeattle's sensible approach puts drug offenders into treatment, not jail

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 - New York Times: Keep Out of Jail Those Who Don’t Need to Be Locked Up

October 24, 2014 - Epoch Times: Help, Not Incarceration

October 15, 2014 - The Nation: What Happens When A City Decides to Offer Addicts Services, Not Prison Sentences?

October 3, 2014 - The Tyee: In Vancouver and Seattle, Winding down the War on Drugs

October 13, 2011 - Local Leaders Announce Innovative Project to Divert Drug Offenders from Jail to Services

September 24, 2014 - KING 5: Drug diversion program working, says police, public defenders

August 29, 2014 - Huffington Post Change Of Habit: How Seattle Cops Fought An Addiction To Locking Up Drug Users

June 19, 2014 - Seattle Human Services CoalitionLEAD Program Receives 2014 Innovative Program Award from the Seattle Human Services Coalition

August 22, 2013 - Huffington PostWar on drugs failure gives way to treatment in states, cities

June 4, 2013 - Santa Fe ReporterBreaking good, as police battle the spread of heroin, one woman battles a crippling addiction

April 2013 - Community Policing DispatchSeattle LEAD’s on Law Enforcement Diversion

January 2, 2013 - Seattle Times: Lead program turns drug bust into help, not jail

September 4, 2012 - King 5:  Skyway new case study for alternative drug enforcement program

August 29, 2012 - Belltown PI: 55 drug offenders and prostitutes chose treatment over jail through Belltown’s LEAD program

May 23, 2012 - On the Homefront Blog (Department of Homeland Security): Rethinking the Blues: How We Police in the U.S. and at What Cost 

March 28, 2012 - Seattle Weekly: SPD's Softer Side

November 25, 2011 - NPR: Treatment, Not Jail, For Low Level Drug Crimes

November 16, 2011 - Drug War Chronicle: Seattle Pilot Program Offers Treatment Not Arrest 

October 16, 2011 - Seattle Times: Drug program a good alternative to lockup

October 13, 2011 - Seattle PI‘A new day’ for Belltown

October 13, 2011 - Seattle Times: Seattle program aims to break the habit of incarceration

October 13, 2011 - The Stranger: Seattle's New Plan to Treat Belltown's Drug Problem (Instead of Arrest It Away)