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SAIL Program


In 2015, the Eastern District of Missouri implemented the Sentencing Alternatives Improving Lives (SAIL) program, which is a post-plea, pre-sentence diversion program.  The SAIL program is a collaborative effort between the Court, the Pretrial Services Office, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Public Defender’s Office.  SAIL has two tracks, and program participation lasts for 12 to 24 months.  Upon successful completion, Track One defendants have their charges dismissed; Track Two defendants receive a reduced sentence.  Participation is not limited to defendants with particular offenses, issues, or criminal histories, although some offense categories, such as immigration and sex offenses, and those charged with violent offenses or with a history of violent offenses, are excluded.  Participants are subject to intensive supervision that includes regular court appearances before the SAIL team and participation in programs and services designed to address the root causes of the defendant’s criminal conduct such as substance abuse and mental health treatment; education assistance; job training assistance; appropriate clothing for employment; housing, transportation, and veterans’ benefits assistance; computers, and groceries.

To be considered, a Defendant must be on bond and in Good Standing with the Pretrial Services Office.  Defendant MUST reside in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Please complete the Referral Form and email to

Referral Form

If it states above that referrals are not currently being accepted, please do not hold your client for future consideration and file a Motion to Continue your client's case, but instead continue to a resolution of the case through a plea or trial.