Prosecutor-Led Diversion Programs: Roundtable Discussion

Past Event
September 7, 2021, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Eastern

Hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance

Diversion programs for individuals with mental and/or behavioral health needs who are involved in the criminal legal system have proven to be beneficial not only for the individuals but also for the jurisdictions that serve them. As a result, prosecutors throughout the country have begun developing diversion programs. This virtual roundtable highlights several different types of prosecutor-led programs for individuals with mental and/or behavioral health needs that are being implemented across the country.


  • David LaBahn, President, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
  • Rebecca Neville, Staff Attorney, Association of Prosecution Attorneys
  • Stephen Talpins, Chief Assistant State Attorney, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office
  • Aileen Bhandari, Assistant State’s Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Jordan Shannon, Assistant District Attorney General, Office of the District Attorney for the 20th Judicial District, Davidson County (Nashville)
  • Demetrius Thomas, Deputy Program Director, Behavioral Health, CSG Justice Center
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