Over the past several years, California lawmakers have been overhauling the state’s criminal justice system in an effort to reduce the prison population. The latest law amed to curb jail and prison overcrowding went into effect on January 1, 2018, and changed how courts deal with cases involving simple possession of drugs.
Previously, if you were arrested for simple possession (in other words, possession for personal use only), the court could implement a deferred entry of judgment under California Penal Code Section 1000. Assembly Bill 208, which took effect at the start of 2018, made changes to PC 1000 so that pretrial diversion is now an option.
What does this change in law mean? Let’s explore the difference between deferred entry of judgment and pretrial diversion.