Alternative Program Gives Federal Defendants a Second Chance

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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