New Orange County drug diversion policy aims to curb ‘mass incarceration’

in Orange County News & Events


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A new drug diversion policy for Orange and Osceola counties that will allow certain offenders to have minor charges dropped was unveiled Thursday.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced the new three-tiered approached, which she said her office developed to put a stop to mass incarcerations and save taxpayer dollars.

“With drug-related offenses in particular, there is significant evidence that the prosecution of these offenses has failed to reduce levels of drug use, dramatically increased the number of individuals incarcerated and undermined public safety by diverting much-needed resources away from the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes,” she wrote in a news release.

The goal for the new program is to keep the area safe while making sure offenders get the help they need.