The FIRST stands for:
- Information and
- Resources for
- Survivors of
Since 2019, this partnership between YWCA and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has been helping survivor-defendants. Survivors FIRST helps criminalized survivors get domestic and intimate partner violence services. They aim to identify and address these issues in a culturally appropriate approach.
Community Diversion Program
By addressing some of the root causes of why individuals commit their first felony, CDP’s goal is to:
- Prevent future crime Improve loss recovery outcomes for harmed parties.
- Decrease racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system.
- Save taxpayer dollars.
- See better outcomes for the community and those individuals—both in the short- and long-term.
- Help eligible people with first-time, non-violent offenses using a restorative form of accountability.
In the CDP context, a restorative form of accountability includes that you:
- Not contest the allegations against you.
- Take part in a required needs assessment administered by Public Health.
- Sign a release of information.
- Connect and meet with a community partner.
This will address the individual social/behavioral/material needs identified by Public Health.
CDP does not take cases involving:
- Violent offenses
- Gun crimes
- Weapons offenses
- People with repeat felony offenses
Each participant only has 1 opportunity to take part in this process. If you don't follow these steps, or you reoffend while in the program, the case returns to the Prosecutor’s office for filing.
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)
Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program launched in October 2011. It is the first known pre-booking diversion program for people arrested on narcotics and prostitution charges in the United States.
LEAD comes from a multi-year collaboration involving a wide range of organizations, including:
- The Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project
- The Seattle Police Department
- The ACLU of Washington
- The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
- The Seattle City Attorney’s office
- The King County Sheriff’s Office
- Evergreen Treatment Services
- The King County Executive
- The Washington State Department of Corrections
Officers can send low-level drug or prostitution offenders to local services instead of jail. This helps improve public safety and public order. It also aims to reduce the criminal behavior of people who take part in the program.
Therapeutic Alternative Diversion
The Therapeutic Alternative Diversion (TAD) Program helps those charged with property offenses. It can be up to $2,000 of restitution owed from the offense.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) partnered to create this program.
TAD provides access to local services instead of continuing through the mainstream legal system. This diversion program is for both pre-charging (before the case is filed) and post-charging (after the case has been filed.)
The KCPAO reviews each Expedited Felony case referred for criminal charges. We also look at the criminal history of the individual. If your case is eligible, KCPAO sends referral paperwork to the Public Health TAD Care Coordinators. You then participate in an intake process.
If you use the service providers, you will not have a criminal referred charged in District Court. Or if you were charged in District Court, you can have your pending criminal charge dismissed.