Albany arrest-diversion program favors fewer – and whiter – residents
By Eduardo Medina| via Albany Times Union
January 25, 2021
ALBANY — At a meeting last September on police reform, officials with the city’s department pulled up a PowerPoint slide — with an image of flowers and green grass — that promised “21st century policing,” followed by a slide naming one of the tools the department would use to fulfill that promise: “Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program.”
But there is a sense among some that the almost-5-year-old program is not meeting its goal: to rehabilitate rather than incarcerate. Critics say police are not sharing crucial data with program leaders, fewer people are being accepted into the program — and those who are admitted are disproportionately white.