Philadelphia Criminal Law News

November 2013 Archives

What Is the STAR Program?

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Philadelphia on Tuesday to witness a unique court session. Holder observed as more than a dozen men, as part of a special program, updated a federal judge on their lives, The Washington Post reports.

These men, ex-offenders, have to report to federal court a couple times a month. There a judge assesses their progress in a series of rehabilitative efforts that include drug testing and job training.

What is this program, exactly? Here's a general overview: