If one reads the article, however, the other side emerges. Here, the law in question concerns judges' abilities to directly sentence convicted individuals to community drug and mental health treatment programs or change sentences to such after a period of prison time. Any type of crime is eligible, angering detractors. But to be eligible, a defendant must have a professional evaluation and report done. A judge conducts a hearing on the matter. Then, a judge can order the treatment but must place the defendant on a monitored probation with jail as consequence for a violation. Victims weigh in, and judges often say no from the outset.