Towards an evidence-informed prosecutor-led diversion

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Prosecutors are important gatekeepers in the criminal justice system. They have significant discretionary powers and in using these powers they have to consider a wide range of goals and expectations. Prosecutors are expected to be victim-oriented, they have to protect society, and often regain trust of the public, they have to be cost-effective and manage increasing caseloads, they have to respect due process and propose measures that will effectively reduce recidivism. In this paper, we argue that prosecutorial diversion should be more evidence-informed. To that end, we present a prosecutor-led diversion model that we developed in a participatory action research in Belgium, which is based on risk-needs-responsivity principles (Andrews & Bonta, 2016).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEurocrim 2023
Subtitle of host publicationThe Renaissance of European Criminology
PublisherEuropean Society of Criminology
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2023
EventEuropean Society of Criminology - Educatorio Fuligno, Firenze, Italy
Duration: 6 Sep 20239 Sep 2023


ConferenceEuropean Society of Criminology


  • prosecutor
  • diversion
  • evidence informed decisionmaking
  • LSI-R:SV
  • LS/CMI
  • multi-agency work
  • local security policy


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