The Choice is Yours
The Choice is Yours (TCY) is a diversion program for first-time, non-violent felony drug sellers. With an 85% graduation rate, TCY is helping young adults in Philadelphia rewrite their story. TCY has a remarkable 13% recidivism rate one year post-graduation — in sharp contrast to the 40 to 60% recidivism rate that you might expect for similar offenses.
I thought the streets were always what I was meant to do. Being here, coming here changed my whole mindset. I don’t want to be anywhere else. I want to be here, I want to be learning. — Miguel, TCY client
Operated in partnership with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia Municipal Court and the Defender Association of Philadelphia includes a mix of case management supports, access to education and employment, mentoring and restorative justice. The Choice is Yours graduates move forward with clean records and a second chance.
TCY answers the question "what happens to young people when they are mentored instead of incarcerated?"
Video thanks to the Vera Institute of Justice.
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