Kane County Pre-Arrest Diversion Community Forum scheduled for July 26 – Shaw Local
Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie L. Mosser will host a public forum explaining Kane County’s new pre-arrest diversion initiative from 5:30-7 p.m. July 26 at Aurora’s Library Santori, 101 S. River St., according to a news release. .
State’s Attorney Mosser and Kane County Sheriff Ron Sheriff Hain, along with leaders from the National Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Support Bureau will share details and answer questions about the implementation. implementation and expansion of this initiative throughout Kane County.
Pre-arrest diversion connects people who have become involved with law enforcement due to untreated mental illness, substance use disorder, or a lack of resources in the community the help they need rather than having them go through the criminal justice system, the statement said.
Individuals are eligible if they are presumed to have committed a low-intensity, non-violent offence. The police have the discretion to make the referral when they believe it is a more appropriate response. Participants then work closely with a case manager who helps connect them to the resources they need to move in a more positive direction, the statement said.
The initiative began in Elgin in November 2021, followed by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office in January 2022 and Carpentersville in March 2022.
Mosser wants to make pre-arrest diversion available countywide if resources permit.
This forum is an opportunity for the community to learn how the initiative works, its benefits within the community, and how the public can actively support this one-of-a-kind initiative in Illinois. Attendees will be able to ask questions of Kane County officials overseeing the initiative, as well as national directors, the statement said.