Does Chesa Boudin's Controversial Diversion Strategy Work?

Fifth & Mission show

Summary: Chesa Boudin's office is resolving a significantly greater share of criminal cases via diversion programs than under his predecessors. That's become a focus of the recall campaign as his opponents say the strategy has made San Francisco more dangerous. Chronicle reporters Susie Neilson and Joshua Sharpe join host Cecilia Lei to talk about what diversion programs are and how they work. They also explain that despite the political fervor around the Boudin recall campaign, diversion programs have been a mainstay in the city for decades, and are part of a larger national trend in criminal justice reform. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit