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The Kane County State's Attorney's Office is noted in a recent report for its study on the effectiveness of pretrial diversion programs. The recently released report, No Entry: A Survey of Prosecutorial Diversion in Illinois, is the result of a survey of all Illinois state's attorney's offices. The survey was conducted by Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities' Center for Health and Justice. The report summarizes TASC's findings as it provides a brief look at the state of prosecutorial diversion in Illinois to share information about practices and innovations that could lead to cost savings, improved public safety and health, according to the news release. The TASC report analyzed responses from 54 prosecutorial diversion programs in 37 Illinois counties, including Kane.
ABC News | AP, 6/5/17
Senate GOP leaders plan to vote as soon as this month on major health care legislation even though they remain uncertain, for now, whether their still-unwritten bill will pass, lawmakers said Monday. The House narrowly passed its own version of legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law last month. Senate Republicans have rejected the House bill but have struggled to come to agreement on a version of their own. But now, with pressing budget deadlines looming and President Donald Trump eager to focus on tax legislation, Senate GOP leaders have decided it's time to vote and move on.
NPR, 6/6/17
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who both supported a cut-back on some drug punishments, are now preparing a bill that would create tough new penalties for people caught with synthetic opioid drugs. Grassley chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Feinstein is the panel's ranking member. Michael Collins of the Drug Policy Alliance has seen language in the proposal. He said he thinks it's a bad idea. "These synthetic drugs are added to heroin often outside the U.S., but the bill takes such a broad approach that it's penalizing individuals who sell drugs at a low level inside the U.S., and so it's going to do nothing to deter and stop the supply of drugs," Collins said. Collins said drug addiction is a public health challenge. He said sending more people to prison won't help, just as it didn't help in the crack cocaine era a few decades ago. http://www.npr.org/2017/06/06/531787093/lawmakers-consider-tough-new-penalties-for-opioid-crimes-bucking-trend
Addiction Policy Forum, 6/7/17
Twenty-one U.S. Senators signed on to a letter in support of funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Addressed to key appropriator in…

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