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What Are Alternatives to Incarceration in New York State?

If you are found to have committed a crime in New York state, the possibility of being sentenced to incarceration is highly likely. In the long-term, this can negatively impact your ability to get a job, housing, or visitation rights to your child, among other things. Read on to learn how a seasoned Rockland County criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway can work on your defense strategy and fight for alternatives to incarceration.

Are there alternatives to incarceration in New York state?

Notably, New York state has various Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs that are overseen by the Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.

One common ATI program is the pretrial release services. This program is helpful if you cannot post bail and would like to avoid unnecessary incarceration. Specifically, your eligibility for release will be determined, along with your community ties in New York such as your residence and employment. This information will allow the New York court to better determine whether an incarceration sentence is necessary.

Also, there are several Treatment and Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) programs. Put simply, TASC is a drug and alcohol program that can be taken as an alternative to incarceration, so long as you are at least 16 years of age, are facing an incarceration sentence for a non-violent offense, and have indicators of problems with drugs or alcohol.

And then, there are other specialized ATI programs that are uniquely geared toward women, juvenile offenders, individuals with multiple needs, etc.

What are other common alternatives to incarceration?

Also a common alternative to incarceration, like in most states, you may be able to perform a specified number of court-ordered community service hours. And, like most of these alternatives, this is only an option for you if you are found to have committed a non-violent offense.

Additionally, there are defender-based advocacy (DBA) programs. These DBA programs allow you to be screened for whether you can be appropriately managed within a community corrections setting. With this, a plan will be made regarding your community-based orders and conditions of release. In other words, this plan may include recommendations for community supervision, employment, and/or treatment options all geared toward your success in the community outside of incarceration.

To receive one of these alternatives to incarceration, you need a competent Rockland County, NY criminal law attorney who will help you build a strong defense. Do not hesitate in giving our firm a call today.


Attorney Conway is a Spring Valley criminal attorney and is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. Contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation today.

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