The Alternative Sentencing Worker Program Flyer outlines how the DPA Alternative Sentencing Worker Program advances public safety and saves county and state incarceration costs by working with community partners and promoting rehabilitation. Download the full ASW Program Flyer 2018.
In 2011 the Alternative Sentencing Worker Program was given an award for Outstanding Criminal Justice Program by the National Criminal Justice Association
NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM AWARD, 2011
In 2013 the Alternative Sentencing Worker Program was named top 25 innovations in government by Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
“Top 25 Innovations in Government 2013”
In 2017 the Alternative Sentencing Worker Program was presented the Jefferson B. Fordham State and Local Government Law award for Law Office Accomplishment by the American Bar Association.
Read Award Letter: ABA award letter
20th Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Award
National Conference Presentations
The Alternative Sentencing Worker Program has received national attention and representatives from the program have been invited to present at national conferences. Some of the recent presentations include:
• 2017 National Legal Aid & Defender Association
o National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialist Conference- Baltimore, MD
• 2017 National Juvenile Defender Center
o Defender Leadership Summit- Albuquerque, NM
• 2018 National Organization of Forensic Social Work
o Annual Conference-New Orleans, LA
• 2018 American Bar Association
o Senior Law Division Opioid Summit & Council Meeting – Chicago, IL
• 2018 National Legal Aid & Defender Association
o Community Oriented Defense Conference- Philadelphia, PA
ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING WORKER’S IN THE NEWS
“DPA Social Worker Program Changes Lives, But Lacks Funding,” By Ronnie Ellis / CNHI News Service, The Times-Tribune, May 6, 2013 She was just trying to help. “Susan” flushed her husband’s pain pills down the toilet, hoping to make it easier for “James” to stay sober. Instead, strung out and frustrated, he retaliated by assaulting her. Susan (not her real name) didn’t suffer any serious injuries but she wasn’t taking any chances, either. She swore out a complaint and James (also not his actual name) found himself in front of Knox District Judge John Paul Chappell. Read the FULL ARTICLE.