January 3, 2011 By Wallin & Klarich

Prison: Alternative Custody for “Female inmates, Pregnant inmates, or Inmates Who … [Are] Primary Caregivers of Dependent Children” (Stats. 2010, Ch.644 [S.B. 1266])

A new law that went into effect January on 1, 2011, which authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) to offer a program for female inmates, pregnant inmates, or male/female inmates who are caregivers of dependent children a chance to participate in voluntary alternative custody programs, instead of serving time in state prison.

Alternative sentencing will allow pregnant inmates or primary guardians to continue to take care of children while serving their sentence. Options for alternative sentencing will include confinement to a residential home, a residential drug or treatment program, or a transitional care facility that offers the appropriate services.

The DCR will have the authority to enter into contracts with county agencies such as not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and other programs to promote alternative custody options. The Secretary of the DCR will have the authority to set the rules and regulations pertaining to the sentencing programs such as participation requirements and compliance verification procedures.

If you are or a loved one is serving a time in prison and believe that you are eligible for an alternative sentencing program, it is imperative that you seek the legal assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience handling sentencing modifications. We will work hard to ensure that your rights are preserved while helping you present the best possible defense in your case. Call us today at 888-280-6839 or visit us online at www.wklaw.com. We will be there for you when you call

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