Cover: Testing the Efficacy of Pretrial Diversion

Testing the Efficacy of Pretrial Diversion

A Randomized Trial at the San Francisco Neighborhood Courts

Published Nov 27, 2023

by Melissa M. Labriola, Jessie Coe, Isaac M. Opper, Danielle Sobol, Amy Mahler

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This report presents an evaluation of Neighborhood Court, a restorative justice diversion program run by the District Attorney in San Francisco. A randomized trial indicates that the program reduces recidivism (although this result is statistically insignificant), a discrete choice experiment shows demand and public willingness to pay for its features, and a qualitative analysis demonstrates positive perceptions of the program among stakeholders.

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