When Judge Steven Alm wanted to change the behavior of drug-using probationers, he instituted a program that used strict “swift and certain” principles. A rigorous NIJ-funded evaluation in 2009 proved him right. Probationers in Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program were significantly less likely to fail drug tests or miss probation appointments. They also were sentenced to less time in prison because of probation revocations than were probationers who did not participate in the program.
Now, as jurisdictions around the country try to copy Hawaii’s HOPE program, one central question arises: Can Hawaii’s success be duplicated?
Read more, including and interview with Angela Hawken, at corrections.com here.