(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) wrote Assembly Bill 208 to allow for pre-trial diversion. Instead of having to plead guilty first before obtaining treatment for a nonviolent misdemeanor drug offenses, a defendant would, at a judge’s discretion, be able to obtain treatment without having to plead guilty. The problem is deferred entries do not protect defendants from federal consequences, including deportations for non-citizen residents. According to a Syracuse University study, since 2008, over 250,000 people have been deported from the U.S. for nonviolent drug offenses. Here’s Assemblymember Eggman presenting AB 208 to the State Assembly in this Assembly Access video.