JEVS’ The Choice is Yours (TCY) diversion program is spotlighted in a new publication, In Your Backyard:  A Toolkit for Addressing Criminal Justice at the Local Level, from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).  Recognizing that the Jewish community has an important role to play in criminal justice reform as mass incarceration and its consequences constitute one of today’s most pressing civil rights crises, the publication provides guidance, tips, and tools to help local communities map the local criminal justice landscape, join coalitions and engage in legislative advocacy, and strengthen partnerships with communities of color.  TCY is one of only three successful programs to be featured in the publication.

To learn more, download the Toolkit for free.  Copies of the publication can be purchased by emailing

Pictured above:  A program graduate celebrates program completion in a court room ceremony with staff, TCY judge, and representatives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and Defender Association.  

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