The Center for Community Alternatives' accomplishments include many "firsts": the first sentencing advocacy program in New York State, the first gender specific alternative to incarceration drug treatment program in New York, and New York's only program designed specifically for youth under 16 who are charged as adults. These programs are more than innovative; they are successful and cost effective.
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) works with people who would otherwise be incarcerated as confirmed by a Vera Institute of Justice study. For every person mandated to CCA, NYS taxpayers save at least the $32,000 in annual state prison costs. Even more savings accrue through reducing time in local jails or juvenile justice placements which cost more than twice the amount of state prison. In comparison, CCA's programs are roughly $ 10,000 per person per year or less. In an average year, CCA successfully diverts 100 adults and as many juveniles from more costly incarceration, saving New York State millions of dollars. Equally important, this reduces the collateral consequences of incarceration, strengthens families and builds safer communities.
"The work of the Center for Community Alternatives has been extraordinarily helpful to the courts, defendants, probation and the United States in providing alternatives that protect the public while reducing unnecessary costs to the taxpayers and harm to the defendants and their families."
— Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court Judge