Brief A Summary of Two Evaluations of the Misdemeanor Diversion Program in Durham County, North Carolina
Will Engelhardt, Daniel Lawrence
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In 2020 and 2021, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Research Consortium, the Urban Institute conducted in-depth process and impact evaluations of Durham County, North Carolina’s Misdemeanor Diversion Program (MDP), the findings of which we summarize in this report. By conducting both types of evaluations, the research team was able to better understand the processes and context that led to observed impacts. In addition, this is the first time a third-party research organization has evaluated the program’s impact, and such an evaluation is critical to demonstrating the program’s usefulness.


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Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Race and equity Children and youth
Tags Racial and ethnic disparities Crime and justice analytics Juvenile justice Delinquency and crime Policing and community safety Racial disparities in criminal justice
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center