Paul Kitagaki Jr./ pkitagaki@sacbee.com

An Ascend program participant ties his belay knot with the assistance of Craig White at Sacramento Pipeworks on Wednesday October 2, 2013 in Sacramento. Attorneys Christine Morse Galves and Toni Carbone were tired of seeing their clients stuck in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The pair created the alternative sentencing program to incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy, education about the criminal justice system and general education about health and wellness. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department began sending home-detention inmates to their program. Sixty-one studentss have passed through the program.

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