Restorative Justice

We’re guided by the principle of restorative justice – does incarceration work in cases of substance abuse? Does it truly rehabilitate the offender? The numbers show that jail time often worsens addiction, and addicts come out even better criminals than they were when they got in.

Research has been taking a look at treatment as a better option, and it’s becoming more widely accepted in both liberal and conservative states, especially for low and medium level drug offenders. Alternative sentencing is when a court orders treatment in the place of incarceration.

Alternative sentencing can help both the offender and the victim – the offender has an opportunity to get some help and restore a sense of respect and dignity, and make amends to the victim – and the victim has an opportunity to be a part of the process, should they choose to be.


The process has 5 basic steps:

1. Basic/Initial Assessment – starting with a simple phone call, we assess if the individual is a good candidate for alternative sentencing. Background on the client, the crime, and the attorney situation are all taken into account in making this decision.

2. Taking a complete psychological/social history of the client.

3. A written alternative sentencing report is compiled for the court, recommending the proper level of care for the offender’s case.

4. Direct involvement with the court and/or the client’s attorney, to achieve a positive outcome for a treatment sentence, instead of incarceration.

5. Post-sentencing progress reports as requested by the court and/or probation officer.

 


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