Virginia Lasoski-Nepa, Sr. Director of Programs at The Fortune Society

Fortune’s Alternatives To Incarceration (ATI) Program: Giving Individuals A Second Chance

Monday, June 22, 2015

This past month, on May 14, The Fortune Society — along with other New York Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition members — attended a rally to encourage city leaders to continue growing the funding for alternatives to incarceration (ATI) programs across the New York City area.

Our participants held handmade signs and voiced their support for vital alternatives to incarceration and for reentry programs that play an essential role in the city’s effort to shrink crime.

Most of the work that we do here at Fortune is with  individuals who are coming home from being incarcerated. The pain and harm that comes from incarceration requires plenty of work from the individual — and from their families as well — once they are out.

With an ATI program, we can help prevent further destruction from emerging for our clients. While state, city, and local leaders have called for modifications in the criminal justice system, we continue to have dialogues on reform and to make sure that services are provided for those who are at risk for incarceration.

Data shows that ATI programs are significantly less costly than the expense of incarceration per individual. And they have a lower recidivism rate that leads to success in lowering crime rates. This is largely due to the structure of our community-based program that provides education, training, counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, parenting services, housing, and tools that are essential to our clients leading crime-free lives.

An ATI program gives an individual a second chance to get their lives back on track. Who would not want to be part of that initiative where lives have the opportunity for change and success?

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