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September 2016 Archives

What are the alternatives to incarceration for minors?

From the phone call to the court date, the time after your kid has been arrested is filled with anxiety. No parent wants to see their child throw their future away with time in juvenile detention centers. Fortunately second chances are easier to come by for kids under 18 and there are alternatives to incarceration. Some possible alternatives include treatment programs, probation, community programs, and more. There are alternatives available for each step of the way including detention prior to conviction, the justice system process itself, and the resulting jail time.

Man accused of crashing car while huffing paint

A 37-year-old man was allegedly driving under the influence after an incident in Washington Sept. 12. Witnesses told police that they had seen the man drive through a traffic control arm while 'huffing something," but the man denied those allegations when officers spoke to him. The man was booked at King County Jail for DUI and hit-and-run.

NBA star's financial advisor accused of fraud

Basketball fans in Seattle may be familiar with former NBA player Tim Duncan, who earned millions of dollars over the 19 seasons he played for the San Antonio Spurs. On Sept. 9, U.S. prosecutors in Texas indicted a 49-year-old man who once advised Duncan on his finances for two counts of federal wire fraud.

President Obama commutes sentences for drug crimes

Washington residents may be interested to know that on Aug. 30, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 111 people serving time in federal prison for nonviolent drug crimes. Overall, the president has commuted 673 sentences since taking office, which is more than the previous 10 presidents combined. One out of every three people set free were serving a life sentence at the time of the pardon.

Study says parents can help prevent underage drinking

A study presented in Seattle on Aug. 22 at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association found that parents setting clear rules could reduce the incidence of underage drinking. The study surveyed over 1,100 people and found that teenagers from families with rules about underage drinking had a 35 percent less chance of attending a party with alcohol in the previous 30 days.

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