Program could send addicts to rehab instead of jail

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is pushing for federal funds to help New York police try out the new approach.

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is pushing for federal funds to help New York police try out the new approach. (4/5/16)

GOSHEN - A new program could send addicts charged with low-level crimes to rehab instead of jail.

The idea is called a pre-booking diversion, which gives police the option to immediately get an addict into treatment instead of putting them behind bars.

Officials say that 70 percent of crime in Orange County is drug-related.

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is pushing for federal funds to help New York police try out the new approach.

The concept of the pre-booking diversion is picking up momentum at police departments nationwide.

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