The Choice is Yours

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Shartelle Martinez, salutatorian, walks in the processional for the graduation ceremony at City Hall for seven first-time offenders who completed their high school diploma through The Choice is Yours program. June 1, 2018. Photo: Emily Neil / AL DÍA News

A program started by the city’s District Attorney Office in 2012 continues to change lives, allowing some first-time nonviolent felony offenders to choose a diploma instead of a prison sentence.