This response to Arnold Binder's critique of my 1985 article, "A Systemic Analysis of Diversion: Net Widening and Beyond," affirms the validity of that study. Binder seems to be concerned that criticism of diversion programs is equivalent to calling for their abolition. My position is that empirical assessment of these programs is necessary to evaluate not only their manifest consequences, but also their latent effects, including net-widening. Findings indicating that some programs do not meet their stated objectives or have effects contrary to those objectives need to be taken seriously.
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