April 16, 2023

Benefits of Alternative Sentencing

benefits of alternative sentencing

A criminal conviction can destroy your life, negatively impact your reputation and livelihood. It can also take away your freedom. If you are facing criminal charges, it is important to speak with a qualified attorney immediately for detailed guidance on how to best defend your rights and avoid extensive jail time.

Benefits of alternative sentencing

Alternative sentences are a way for convicted people to complete their court-ordered sentence in the community (or at home), rather than in a county jail or state prison. This allows them to rehabilitate themselves and get their lives back on track. In addition, they avoid many of the problems that come with incarceration such as job loss, lost housing, financial hardship, and emotional trauma.

The criminal justice system benefits from alternative sentencing since it reduces the number of inmates committed to California’s overcrowded prisons and jails. In fact, a special report by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency estimates that alternatives to incarceration could save the state $9.7 billion if used on 80% of non-serious criminals nationwide.

Alternatively sentencing can include community service, probation, drug diversion programs, and residential treatment for certain types of crimes. A qualified attorney will work quickly to determine your eligibility for these options and guide you through the process.


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