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 Non-Capital Sentencing Mitigation - Client Specific Planning

CSP services are based on extensive interviewing, thorough background investigation and assessment, including the defendant’s social, family and criminal history. Drawing on this research, CSP plans are developed. They typically include referrals to specific treatment programs, employment, vocational or educational programs, housing, and other relevant support services. Alternative sanctions often include "client specific" community service placements, victim restitution, and home detention. Where an alternative sentence is not feasible, CSP staff work to mitigate the length of incarceration, and work with the client and the appropriate corrections department to achieve the most beneficial classification possible. CSP services are also used at time of parole in the development of release plans. CCA’s talented and capable CSP team (link to bios) includes attorneys, social workers, and former state and federal probation officers. The quality of their work has gained the respect of the courts and leads defense counsel to return to CCA with new clients. (Click here for references.)

Program effectiveness is demonstrated by a consistently high court acceptance rate. CSP clients have donated thousands of hours of community service through work in such places as AIDS hospices, senior citizen center, homeless shelters, meals-on-wheels and other human service and community agencies. Approximately 80% of clients successfully complete their alternative sentences and move on to law-abiding, productive lives.
Serving clients in state and federal criminal justice systems, CCA’s work encompasses all phases of criminal justice involvement from pre-trial release advocacy to plea negotiation strategy to alternative sentence planning, sentence mitigation, correctional placement, and parole release.


  • Plea negotiation consultations
  • Sentencing or pre-plead reports
  • Sentence analysis
  • Pre-trial release advocacy and alternatives to detention plans
  • Federal pre-sentence reports
  • Background investigations and psychosocial assessments
  • Preparation for the probation interview
  • Substance abuse evaluations and referrals
  • Client-specific community service placements
  • Contesting probation reports


  • Parole/reentry plans
  • Prison programs consultations
  • Re-sentencing
For more information, or to make a referral, contact:

In New York:
Josefina Bastidas, Deputy Director
39 W.t 19th St.
New York, NY 10011
212-691-2369 x224

In Syracuse:
115 E. Jefferson St., Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-422-5638 x233