Screen Shot 2018-11-15 at 3.54.03 PM.png What Is Our Alternative
Sentencing Program?

Aleph works with the courts to provide an effective and meaningful alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. We do this by developing restorative programs while offenders continue to live at home and support their families.
The Aleph Alternative Sentencing Program is presented as one option in court by the defense counsel certain offenses. It incorporates retribution, financial restitution, deterrence, rehabilitation, and protects the interests of the community as set forth in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. At the pre-sentencing and post-conviction level, Aleph Institute staff, attorneys, religious leaders, and educators intercede on behalf of eligible individuals. The program has already successfully engaged participants from communities throughout Southwest Pennsylvania.

Our program seeks to assist individuals as they restructure their lifestyles. Alternative sentences help people make amends by serving the community through volunteering. Restorative justice approaches such as these emphasize repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior in a way that benefits the community.  It is our goal that alternative sentencing practices will become widespread in Pittsburgh and around the country.

Alternative Sentencing Requirements
We intend to work with individuals from all faith backgrounds to provide a holistic approach to alternative sentencing. However, alternative sentencing is not always an option for everyone. Defendants who have committed a violent crime or drug offense may not be eligible for the program.

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