Alternatives to Incarceration for Felony Offenders in New York

Rachel Porter, The Vera Institute of Justice
Eileen Sullivan, The Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice is evaluating ten New York City alternative to incarceration (ATI) programs for felony offenders. These programs work with mid-level offenders who are sentenced to day treatment programs instead of jail or prison. The programs serve four populations: general offenders, substance abusers, women, and youth. Results from the four-year research project will provide descriptive information and data on the programs and the ATI participants they serve (N>500). Findings include data on program outcomes, such as program attendance and retention, and on recidivism. Recidivism outcomes will be presented for both the study subjects and for a matched comparison group followed over the same time period. The presentation will discuss treatment and other needs of the study population, ATI service delivery, and the relationship between these variables and program and criminal justice outcomes.

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Updated 05/20/2006