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Robby Ivy is “care navigator” for Atlanta's Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, a program has created an unlikely alliance between police officers and criminal justice activists. Together, they’re trying to answer a key question: Can helping the addicted, mentally ill, and homeless instead of hauling them to jail make Atlanta safer?
“At its core, it's a group of people who have a common goal of trying to stay sober,” says Palmer, who has himself been in recovery for 15 years. “It’s a safe space to talk.”
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