“Because TASC is baked into the criminal justice system in Illinois, the justice system
presents a more human face—with a focus on the individual—and promotes public
health and human rights.”
- Ambassador Adam Namm, Executive Secretary, Organization of American States
Deflection and Alternatives to Incarceration
cornerstone of our work, TASC seeks to reduce justice system involvement by diverting
people away from the front end of the justice system and offering sensible
alternatives to incarceration. Primarily serving individuals with substance use
disorders, we advocate for people so they can get the help they need to become
healthy and self-sufficient in the community.
Reaching tens of thousands of men and women across Illinois each year, TASC’s justice programs include pre-arrest diversion (i.e., deflection), prosecutorial diversion, assessment services for courts and probation, jail release services, screening services in prison, reentry services following incarceration, and more.
Law Enforcement and First Responder Deflection
Learn about our deflection work in Suburban Cook County (and free deflection TA and naloxone training) and throughout Illinois
Partner to build your deflection program with TASC's Center for Health and Justice
and Alternatives to Incarceration
Download fact sheet
Featured Systems Change Initiatives:
Advancing Deflection/Pre-Arrest Diversion Solutions
Report on Law Enforcement-led Diversion and First Responder Deflection Programs
Journal for Advancing Justice Spotlights Police-led Deflection
the Justice Leaders Systems Change Initiative (JLSCI)
Read overview and watch video
Withdrawal in Jail Settings
Read brief for jail
administrators, see blog
TASC’s justice diversion programs receive significant support from the Illinois Department of Human Services, as well as county and local funding entities, foundations, and individual donors.
See program locations.
Donate to TASC’s Justice Diversion and Alternative-to-Incarceration programs. To earmark
your donation, please indicate so in the notes.
Contact TASC for further information on our services across Illinois.