Graduation Instead of Incarceration

The Choice is Yours (TCY) is a felony diversion program in Philadelphia that channels young people arrested for drug possession with intent to distribute away from jail and into education and job training services. Derek Riker, former ADA in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, and Byron Cotter, from the Defender Association of Philadelphia, discuss how poverty and systemic oppression play a role in someone's justice system involvement—and how TCY works to build success for its participants.