The state of Pennsylvania does not take drug- and alcohol-related crimes lightly. That said, the state does understand that jail time is not the appropriate punishment for every one of these cases. Addiction is a real problem, and some people would benefit from rehabilitation rather than traditional criminal punishment. This is what the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition Program is for.
Most states have their own version of the ARD program. How does it work in Pennsylvania? Who can get into the program? What happens if a person fails to complete the ARD program in its entirety?