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I read with interest the recent article entitled Making a Case for Change: Why ACDs Should Become a Dispositional Alternative in Family Offense Proceedings. I share the author’s plug for an amendment of Article 8 of the Family Court Act to include ACDs as a dispositional alternative. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see that the article did not mention a dispositional alternative that meets many of the same goals as an ACD: the suspended judgment. Indeed, unlike an ACD (which would take an amendment of the statute), the suspended judgment is hidden within the plain sight of the statute: FCA section 841(b).

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