Since 1989, the Maricopa County Attorney/Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC) Adult Deferred Prosecution Program (TASC Diversion) has been a successful, cost-effective alternative to prosecution. It is fully funded by the clients we serve, which results in greater client accountability and program stability.
With a cumulative success rate of more than 73 percent, a long-term study by Arizona State University indicates that participants successfully completing the TASC adult diversion program have a significantly lower rate of recidivism than non-participants. To date, more than 34,000 successful cases have been treated through TASC Diversion, saving county resources and allowing participants to avoid a felony conviction.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) offers TASC Diversion to individuals who:
- Face felony drug possession charge(s)
- Do NOT contest their guilt
- Would likely benefit from a community treatment program
Through close communication with the MCAO, TASC’s deferred prosecution program provides programming to meet each individual’s needs. Those who voluntarily participate and successfully complete TASC Diversion will either have the case dropped with no charges filed or have the charges dismissed with prejudice.