Getting charged with a crime is disruptive and can mark a person’s life for years to come. That makes it hard to find a job or a place to live and exacerbates many problems in society.
Our current criminal justice system is not equipped to manage the overwhelming volume of these low-level offenders and track them to help these offeders achieve success.
“I believe of all the people we prosecute, only 20% of them are violent people,” Utah County Attorney, David Leavitt says. “That begs the question: Shouldn’t we be finding a way to give them a punishment that doesn’t overburden the court system, doesn’t overburden the public defender’s office, the probation office, the prosecutor’s office, and at the same time allows them to move on with their life?”