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What are the Alternative Punishments to jail?
So diversion is something that the State can offer in lieu of jail or having someone do jail. or even prosecuting a case. That’s where the state will agree to suspend prosecution for a set period of time, to allow a person to attend an appropriate counseling program. And after that if they meet all those requirements of that program, then the charges can be dismissed. Also the prosecutor can decide in lieu of jail that the person should just do probation in a case. If they’re just assigned probation – and no jail – then all they would have to comport with is the requirements of probation. Other ways to avoid jail are home detention programs which are sometimes offered in misdemeanor cases, or house arrest.