With the support of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), CASES has begun to significantly expand and enhance our alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) programs. Through an emphasis on evidence-based approaches along with borough-based and mobile services, CASES’ programs will expand access to community-based alternatives with a focus on individuals experiencing complex behavioral health and/or socioeconomic needs. This includes a focus on youth, young adults, and individuals living with serious mental illness.
“We’re proud to be a part of the City’s efforts to expand ATI programming, which we know from experience works,” said Joel Copperman, CEO of CASES. “For decades, CASES programs have consistently proven that jail and prison alternatives make the City safer by helping people involved in the criminal legal system address needs, build skills, and take part in meaningful opportunities.”
MOCJ’s formal announcement  of the expanded citywide ATIs details what has been a multiyear initiative guided by a comprehensive evaluation and planning process. This process, led by national experts, has included robust engagement with local stakeholders such as individuals and family members with lived experience of being impacted by the criminal legal system. MOCJ’s citywide ATI initiative is part of a larger effort to reduce the number of people in the NYC jail system while increasing fairness and community safety through the provision of proven support and treatment services. Other ongoing efforts include raising the age of adult criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 to ensure court-involved youth are treated as youth, significantly reducing the use of cash bail and pretrial detention, and closing Rikers Island.
For an overview of CASES’ new and expanded ATI programs, please see these one-page overviews:
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