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Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative (PAD) Redefines Public Safety

The Georgia Voice: “PAD is an Atlanta-based organization that offers alternative policing and strives to mend a system to leads people to experience extreme poverty, substance use, and mental health crises. PAD, established in 2015 by Atlanta City Council, was founded by the Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co), is led by trans and queer people of color.

SNaP Co and its affiliated organizations are leading Atlantans to reform the city’s criminal justice system and offer more reliable, effective options for public safety. As an organization led by queer and trans people of color, the call for reforming the criminal justice system is deeply rooted in the fact that trans and queer people are disproportionately subjected to police brutality and violence in their communities.”

“With the individual’s consent, PAD will arrive to offer support in numerous ways. If someone is need of immediate shelter and basic needs, PAD offers emergency shelter, transportation, and food assistance.

To provide long-term support, PAD offers care navigation, recovery support, employment, and service providers to help recover identification documents. Care navigation is essential to empowering those in the community who are in need of help. PAD reported in the month of August that 436 participants were enrolled in care navigation.”

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