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Effective Alternatives to Incarceration: Police Collaborations with Corrections and Communities

This publication examines the problems created by decades of growth in the U.S. prison population, and the role of police in community-based alternatives to prison. It examines police involvement in programs around the country, which are effective in dealing with crime, while keeping low risk offenders in the community. Interventions profiled include: the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which keep low-risk offenders out of detention and lower juvenile crime rates; Mental Health Courts and Crisis Intervention Teams, which find treatment for and lower the unnecessary confinement of the mentally ill; and Restorative Justice Community Boards, in which offenders meet with victims and community members to repair the harm caused by their crimes.

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