Alternatives to Incarceration
Read through this booklet to learn about ATI
programs available throughout New York City.
New York City is committed to safely shrinking the jail population and preventing unnecessary incarceration. A key component of reducing the court’s reliance on incarceration is offering Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs. ATI programs are diversion programs that are mandated by judges and provide participants with supportive services in their communities instead of a jail or prison sentence. The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) funds 15 non-profit organizations to run 24 ATI programs throughout New York City.
When Mayor de Blasio took office, the City funded ATI programs that diverted approximately 4,000 people from jail. In 2017, the City increased its investment in ATI programs to serve approximately 5,500 people, as well as to provide additional behavioral health services to ATI participants and housing resources for women enrolled in ATI programs. In 2020, with the passage of bail reform legislation, the City expanded its ATI programs even further to divert more people—including providing additional ATI capacity for individuals charged with violent and non-violent felonies—as well as to provide additional supportive services to more fully address participants’ needs.