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LEAD: Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

In 2021


The LEAD® National Support Bureau is a project of the Public Defender Association (PDA). PDA acknowledges our partnership with the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice in the launch of the Bureau in 2016. The Bureau also draws on the expertise of prosecutors, police, case managers and community public safety leaders who are now using LEAD on the ground, and are willing to share lessons learned with their peers around the country.

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CA Galt

CA San Francisco

FL Tampa Bay

IA Polk County

IL Wasco

IN Bloomington

IN Indianapolis

KY Elizabethtown

MD Baltimore

MN Minneapolis

NC Brunswick County

NC Dare County

NC Durham County

NC Harnett County

NC Lexington

NC Orange County

NC Washington

NC Winston-Salem

NH Concord

NM Raton

NY Buffalo

OR Salem

RI Pawtucket

TX Austin

VA Richmond

WA Pierce County

WA Redmond

 * Jurisdictions developing police diversion/deflection that are not called LEAD, but are in alignment with LEAD Core Principles.


DE Wilmington

MN Red Lake Tribe

MO St. Louis City

NC Watuaga County

NM Taos County

NY Erie County

NY Essex County

NY Rochester

NY Rockland County

NY Schenectady


CO Lakewood

HI Hawaii County

MI Detroit

MI Washtenaw County

NC Jacksonville

NY Ithaca

PA Allegheny County



UK United Kingdom

ZA South Africa



CA Los Angeles

CA East L.A.

CA Hollywood

CO Alamosa

CO Denver County

CO Longmont

CO Pueblo County

CT Hartford

GA Atlanta*

HI Honolulu

HI Maui County

KY Louisville

LA New Orleans

MA New Bedford

MD Baltimore

ME Bangor

NC  Burke County

NC Fayetteville 

NC Hickory/Catawba County

NC Statesville/Mooreville

NC Waynesville

NC Wilmington

NH Dover

NH Farmington

NM Albuquerque

NM Rio Arriba

NM Santa Fe

NY Albany

NY Niagara County

NY Schoharie County

OH Findley

OH Hamilton County

OR Clackamas County

OR Marion County

OR Multnomah County

OR Portland

SC Lancaster

TX Houston (Youth)

WA Burien

WA King County

WA Kitsap County

WA Makah Tribe (Neah Bay)

WA Mason County

WA Puyallup Tribe

WA Seattle

WA Snohomish County

WA Thurston County

WA Walla Walla

WA Whatcom County

WV Charleston

WV Huntington

WY Cheyenne

What is LEAD?

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a community-based diversion approach with the goals of improving public safety and public order, and reducing unnecessary justice system involvement of people who participate in the program. 

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