LEAD: Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

In 2021


The LEAD® National Support Bureau is a project of the Public Defender Association (PDA). PDA acknowledges our partnership with the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice in the launch of the Bureau in 2016. The Bureau also draws on the expertise of prosecutors, police, case managers and community public safety leaders who are now using LEAD on the ground, and are willing to share lessons learned with their peers around the country.




CA Galt

CA Marin County

CA Pacific Grove

CA San Francisco

CT Middletown

DC Washington

FL Tampa Bay

GA Cobb County

IA Polk County

IL Chicago/Cook County

IL Wasco

IN Bloomington

IN Indianapolis

KY Elizabethtown

MA Rockport

MD Baltimore

MI Southfield

MN Minneapolis

MN Wayzata

MO Missouri City

MO St. Louis

NC Brunswick County

NC Dare County

NC Durham County

NC Harnett County

NC Lexington

NC Orange County

NC Winston-Salem

NC Washington

NH Concord

NM Raton

NM Taos County

NY Buffalo

NY Erie County

NY Essex County

NY Orange County

NY Queens

NY Rensselaer

NY Rochester

NY Rockland County

NY Schenectady

OH Batavia

OR Multnomah County

OR Salem

PA Pittsburgh

PA York

RI Pawtucket

TX Austin

TX El Paso

TX Houston

TX San Antonio

VA Richmond

WA Pierce County

WA Redmond

WA Kitsap County

WA Thurston County

WI Baraboo


CA Hollywood

CA San Joaquin County

CO Lakewood

DE Wilmington

HI Maui County

KY Pendleton County

MI Detroit

MI Washtenaw County

MS Statewide

NC Watuaga County

OH Hamilton County

OR Marion County

PA Lancaster

SC Lancaster

WA King County

WA Makah Tribe (Neah Bay)

WI Sauk City


HI Hawaii County

NC Jacksonville

NY Brooklyn*

NY Ithaca

WA Puyallup Tribe

 * Jurisdictions developing police diversion/deflection that are not called LEAD, but are in alignment with LEAD Core Principles.



CA Contra Costa County

CA Los Angeles

CA San Francisco

CO Alamosa

CO Denver County

CO Longmont

CO Pueblo County

CT Hartford

CT New Haven

GA Atlanta*

HI Honolulu

KY Louisville

LA New Orleans

MA New Bedford

MD Baltimore

ME Bangor

NC  Burke County

NC Fayetteville 

NC Hickory/Catawba County

NC Statesville/Mooreville

NC Waynesville

NC Wilmington

NH Dover

NH Farmington

NM Albuquerque

NM Rio Arriba

NM Santa Fe

NV Las Vegas

NY Albany

NY Schoharie County

OR Clackamas County

OR Portland

PA Philadelphia

TX Houston (Youth)

WA Burien

WA Mason County

WA Seattle

WA Snohomish County

WA Walla Walla

WA Whatcom County

WY Cheyenne

WV Charleston

WV Huntington

What is LEAD?

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a community-based diversion approach with the goals of improving public safety and public order, and reducing unnecessary justice system involvement of people who participate in the program.