November 23, 2009
Tuscaloosa Co. District Attorney Announces the Establishment of The Community & Law Enforcement Alternative Network (CLEAN Program)
The Alabama State Legislature authorized the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office (D.A.) to establish a discretionary pretrial diversion program under Act 2009-735. This program will be known as the Community & Law Enforcement Alternative Network (CLEAN). CLEAN is designed to provide an additional tool for the criminal justice system in its fight to reduce recidivism while holding the defendant accountable and responsible for his or her actions.
CLEAN is an abstinence-based program that utilizes an intensive problem solving network to provide education, treatment, and supervision to program participants. It works in conjunction with such programs and agencies as the Tuscaloosa Drug Court, Tuscaloosa County Community Corrections, education & treatment providers, faith-based and service providing agencies.
Admission to CLEAN is voluntary. To enter, the defendant must first secure the approval of the D.A.’s office and the Judge presiding over the case. Once approved, a plea agreement is negotiated and the plea is entered, but final order of conviction is deferred pending participation in the program. The case is transferred to CLEAN to be monitored by the Drug Court Judge and the CLEAN team.
Participants will be required to report to the intake manager in the D. A.’s Office immediately upon a guilty plea into the program. The participant must then report to the appropriate education/treatment provider and be assigned a case manager. All participants will be subject to random drug screens by the education/treatment provider.
CLEAN program participants will be required to pay a fee for their participation in the program as well as treatment expenses. If there is restitution due to a victim, participants must pay that restitution as an additional requirement for completion of CLEAN.
Community service is an essential requirement of CLEAN. The initial requirement of community service work is 50 hours. More community service work may be imposed as a sanction. All community service work must be completed before graduation from the program.
CLEAN utilizes two basic programs, Life-skills Enhancement & Alcohol & Substance abuse Education (LEASE) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Upon assessment, participants will be directed to the appropriate program and must remain in LEASE for a minimum of 6 months or in IOP for a minimum of 12 months. Participants must be clean at least 6 months before graduation and will not be eligible for graduation from the program until all educational, financial, and community service requirements are met. Participants who do not or have been unable to complete the program requirements will be subject to revocation.
Upon successful completion of the program, the person’s guilty plea will be set aside and the case will be dismissed. Failure to meet the requirements of the program will cause the participant to be revoked from the program. Upon revocation, the defendant can then be sentenced to prison, jail, or community corrections according to the terms of their plea agreement or the judge’s further orders.
CLEAN is a component of the traditional system of criminal prosecution, providing an additional alternative to the punishment and rehabilitation of offenders. Punishment is imposed and victims are compensated for their losses.
6th Judicial Circuit–Tuscaloosa County