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The Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2013
The pilot program, Conviction and Sentence Alternatives, or CASA, allows select federal defendants throughout Southern California an opportunity to tackle whatever it was — drug addiction, mental illness or just plain bad decision-making — that may have led them to commit a crime, and to stay out of the criminal-justice system. Though alternative sentencing programs have sprouted in hundreds of state courts over the last 25 years, such programs are newer and fewer at the federal level — and most deal exclusively with offenders who abuse drugs. CASA, federal court officials said, is the first program of its kind in the country.
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