"Alternative sentencing gaining acceptance"

Oct 4 2010

An October 4 article on Miller-McCune.com reported on the increasing focus in the law enforcement field on alternatives to incarceration discussed interest around the nation in community-based programs. The article quoted Wayne McKenzie, director of the Vera Institute of Justice's Prosecution and Racial Justice Program, who said: "These are intensive 18-month- to two-year programs. They don’t just treat the addiction, but try to give these individuals social skills they might have been lacking. And when they complete the program, the felony is dismissed. If they don’t complete it, there is a pre-determined sanction."