In recent years, more and more studies that the way to stop criminals from becoming repeat offenders is not to lock them up in a cell for a set amount of time and then release them back into the world with no skills and nowhere to turn. The concept of rehabilitation over punishment is part of the reason California has been open to offering alternatives to incarceration. It is also why the state and the city of San Diego have started to offer support to some imprisoned convicts before and after their release. These services are supported by most San Diego county attorneys, but the limited budgets of many of these programs mean that you will often need a helping hand to get this type of assistance.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department offers one such program that provides mental and physical health treatments as well as housing and job-seeking assistance. Vocational training programs include print shop, clothing manufacturing, food preparation, computer and office work. A variety of counseling programs are also offered to deal with psychological and substance abuse problems.
Whereas 48% of all prisoners are charged with another crime, only 23% of inmates that complete the program are rearrested after six months. The price of offering assistance is significantly lower than keeping a person incarcerated. In fact, the county estimates that it has saved $2 million in the three years the program has been operating. Unfortunately, this program (and many like it) are only open to certain groups of offenders and even then, you must volunteer to join the program. Many inmates are entirely unaware that such options even exist, in part because their San Diego criminal lawyers have told them about the programs.
That’s why your choice of San Diego criminal defense attorney is so important. Not only will a good lawyer help you minimize the charges you face and the time you serve, but he may be able to get you an alternative to incarceration or help you learn about programs that might help you during and after your sentencing.
If you are facing criminal charges of any kind, Peter M. Liss can help you. Whether your best course of action is to fight the charges or accept a plea bargain, Mr. Liss is a San Diego defense lawyer who will always work to help you achieve the best possible outcome. If you are convicted, he will do what he can to help you to return to your ordinary life after you have served your sentence. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the specifics of your case, please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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