Treatment program helps keep offenders out of jail

NORWICH Ė Itís a lot of work pleading for $2,400 from New York State, but when the result is keeping offenders out of jail, members of the Chenango County Safety & Rules Committee believe itís well worth it.

Last week the committee stamped its approval on a 24-page specialized drug and alcohol treatment document that requires the coordination of an advisory board of 20 local criminal justice officials. The report must be submitted annually to receive Alternative To Incarceration (ATI) program funds from the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.

The ATI program is designed to reduce recidivism, promote public safety and enhance defendant/offender accountability through community corrections. The board is mandated to regularly analyze the county jailís population, examine the programís investigation and supervision activities, determine needs and develop and review annual plans and quarterly reports.

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