Pilot project aimed at sending fewer non-violent offenders to prison - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Pilot project aimed at sending fewer non-violent offenders to prison

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- Montgomery is one of four counties selected as a pilot site for a new project aimed at sending fewer non-violent offenders to prison.

Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and the Alabama Sentencing Commission announced the project Wednesday. The program called The Cooperative Community Alternative Sentencing Project would divert non-violent felons into community based programs that would hold the offender accountable while improving public safety.

The pilot program will first be launched in Lawrence County, then Jefferson, Marshall and Montgomery counties. The launch dates will be staggered.

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