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ANOTHER WAY: Santa Barbara County’s justice system is piloting a nonpunitive program for certain low-level criminal offenses with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Aug 31 - Sep 10, 2023

Vol. 24, No. 27

In an effort to reduce recidivism and create better outcomes for both the victim and the criminal, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office is partnering with Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley on a restorative justice program for low-level offenders. Rather than focusing on convictions as punishments, the program aims to facilitate conversations between victims, criminals, and the community about the best way to move forward. Staff Writer Taylor O’Connor speaks with the DA’s Office, Fighting Back, and a psychology professor who aims to study the program [6].
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