The Issue 

Alternatives to incarceration are sentencing options that correct behavior without using incarceration. Types of alternatives to incarceration include:

  • Pre-Arrest or Pre-Booking Diversion
  • Prosecutorial Diversion
  • Problem-Solving Courts
  • Community Corrections

There are a number of benefits to using alternatives to incarceration, including:

  • Tailored sentencing
  • Cost savings
  • Better outcomes 

Current Initiatives

National 
New York City and State
  • Working with the New York State ATI/Reentry Coalition
  • Working with the New York City ATI/Reentry Coalition
  • Participating on New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Participating as a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration

Policy Recommendations

  • More diversion without a criminal conviction: Divert people into addiction and mental health treatment and other services without requiring them to plead guilty. That way, people get the supports that can change their behavior without the burden of a criminal record.
  • More alternatives to incarceration: Prosecutors and courts should expand the use of evidence-based alternatives to incarceration like treatment and community corrections. These are cost-effective and humane ways to ensure public safety. 

Learn More

To learn more about this issue, visit our Criminal Justice Resources.

To learn more about LAC’s impact, see our Accomplishments.

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