Date of Award

Summer 8-10-2019

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Dr. Alicia Malone


This analysis is concerned with understanding the facets of criminal justice diversion programs that successfully improve the mental wellbeing of participants and, as a subsequent effect, reduce offending amongst the mentally ill populous in the United States. An inquiry of pre-program and post-program data from both adult and juvenile mental health specific programs reveals that participation amongst both groups shows a meaningful reduction in new/repeat offending in comparison to non-participants. The data shows that the expansion of law enforcement Crisis Intervention Team’s (CIT’s) has a compounding effect to the positive results. A review of these programs in Australia indicates that an expansion of like-programs would reduce offending in less invested nations such as the United States. A consideration of the aggregated data prompts a discussion about the benefits of further development.