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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Oct 4, 2021.
Community-Based Sentencing Alternatives for Caretakers Act of 2021
This bill requires sentencing courts to consider a community-based alternative sentence in the case of certain individuals who are caretakers (e.g., parents).
Current law sets forth seven factors that sentencing courts must consider when imposing a sentence.
This bill establishes a new, eighth factor that courts must consider when imposing a sentence on a caretaker for a nonviolent offense. Specifically, courts must consider a community-based alternative sentence, which is a sentence that may require the defendant to complete or participate in community-based programming, counseling, or treatment.