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The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) promotes reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.


CCA serves people in trouble: youth at risk; families in crisis; people struggling to address drug and alcohol problems and HIV and AIDS. The individuals served by CCA are among the most impoverished and disempowered in our society. CCA endeavors to address these issues by emphasizing personal empowerment, self-respect and concern for one's community.

CCA is founded on several basic values and principles:

  • Commitment to Public Safety and Accountability
    Community alternatives promote law abiding, responsible behavior on the part of clients. We believe that people in trouble respond to positive services and support which empower them to take control and redirect their lives while holding them accountable for their behavior.
  • Commitment to Individual Care
    Each client reflects unique strengths and needs. Personal transformation is an individual experience. Our goal is to assist clients in achieving productive, healthy and safe lives.
  • Commitment to Community
    CCA is committed to strengthening the connection between community and the individual. A caring, healthy community is an important part of crime prevention and individual rehabilitation.
  • Commitment to the Field
    CCA is committed to creating rational and humane social and public policy on crime and justice. Through dedicated, professional staff, CCA delivers quality services to our clients and information and technical assistance to professionals in the field, as well as the general public.

Based on these values and principles, CCA's programs provide Court Services, Health and HIV/AIDS education and services, Drug Treatment, and Employment, and Re-entry . Within these service areas, specific programs meet the special needs of Youth and Women. Justice Strategies, CCA's research, training, public advocacy and policy division, brings the organization's experience, knowledge and analysis of the criminal and juvenile justice systems to others to advocate for more responsive policies and to support the field.