Pennsylvania Lawmaker Pushes For Prison Alternatives For Nonviolent Offenders

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pennsylvania could save millions on prison costs if the state made better use of alternative sentences for nonviolent offenders.  That was the message today from Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner, who joined state senator Stewart Greenleaf at Philadelphia City Hall to endorse the idea of investing in alternative programs for nonviolent criminals.

Greenleaf, a Montgomery County Republican, stood before a chart that showed Pennsylvania with the fastest-growing prison population in the nation.

“With an aggressive alternative sentencing program and better treatment programs in general, we can actually reverse the increases that you see on these three charts,” he said.

Greenleaf is sponsoring legislation to use more specialized courts like drug courts, and to move nonviolent criminals to halfway houses.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  1. Somerdale Dave says:

    Con Artists like the travel agent Grandma who doesn’t know where the 169,000 she stole went will get a walk. While mentally ill offenders who don’t take their meds get prison instead of treatment.
    This isn’t justice. This is money talks everybody else goes to jail.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Personally, I think EVERY politician should have a halfway house right next to their house. But, they’re all a bunch of NIMBYs = (Not In My Back Yard).

  3. mike says:

    i will support this as long as sen greenleaf puts a halfway house right next to his house

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