Pittsburgh pilot program would divert low-level offenders away from criminal justice system

Since the death of George Floyd in late May, police reform has been front of mind across the nation. A pilot program proposed by Mayor Bill Peduto’s office would divert some offenders and keep them out of jail.The city says the program would try and help low-level offenders who struggle with substance abuse, mental health issues and/or those living in poverty.”We believe that whatever programs a person might be hoped to connect with in the criminal justice system, we should be able to connect them without putting them into the jail or putting them into the courts,” said Laura Drogowski with the mayor’s office.The program, which needs city council approval, would use grant money to bolster non-governmental social services that already exist on the North Side. Zone 1 would be the location of the pilot program, should it be passed by council.

Since the death of George Floyd in late May, police reform has been front of mind across the nation.

A pilot program proposed by Mayor Bill Peduto’s office would divert some offenders and keep them out of jail.

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The city says the program would try and help low-level offenders who struggle with substance abuse, mental health issues and/or those living in poverty.

“We believe that whatever programs a person might be hoped to connect with in the criminal justice system, we should be able to connect them without putting them into the jail or putting them into the courts,” said Laura Drogowski with the mayor’s office.

The program, which needs city council approval, would use grant money to bolster non-governmental social services that already exist on the North Side. Zone 1 would be the location of the pilot program, should it be passed by council.