Swift and certain sanctions: does Australia have room for HOPE?

June 18, 2015 0 Comments

At a time of increasing prison numbers, could swift and certain sanction (SAC) programmes be a desirable model for Australia? The best-known programme of this nature is Hawaii’s Opportunity with Probation Enforcement (HOPE). It received an Innovation in American Government Award from Harvard University in 2013 and an Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award from the National Criminal Justice Association in 2014. Judge Steven Alm launched the pilot programme in 2004. HOPE adopts a “good parenting model”‘ and works […]
Hillsborough County Superior Court unveils intensive probation program

March 6, 2015 0 Comments

CONCORD — A ground-breaking program is being introduced at Hillsborough County Superior Court-North in Manchester that is dedicated to changing the way probation will be approached for individuals who are at risk of reoffending and recycling through the state’s jails and prisons. The first Warning Hearing under the New Hope Program is scheduled for March 10 at 1:00pm. Tina L. Nadeau, Chief Justice of the Superior Court system, will preside […]
How Swift and Certain Sanctions Changed Community Supervision in Washington State

September 12, 2014 0 Comments

Background Enforcing community supervision for released inmates is a persistent challenge for the criminal justice system. This challenge comes at a high cost as many probationers and parolees are revoked and returned to prison on technical violations, such as continued drug use and no-shows for appointments. In an attempt to reduce violation rates and the associated costs, many jurisdictions are testing a new approach. This new approach, referred to as […]
North Carolina Cuts Prison Time for Probation Violators, and Costs

September 11, 2014 0 Comments

André Duckett, 43, had an unpleasant surprise when he came in to see his probation officer. After missing some previous appointments, he had just failed a drug test, the officer told him, and he was going to spend the next three days in jail. He was dismayed that day in March, Mr. Duckett said. But in the end he was grateful that his violations had provoked only this sharp jolt. […]
Can ‘Swift-and-Certain’ Sanctions Fix the Criminal Justice System?

August 28, 2014 0 Comments

The criminal justice system is responsible for supervising an enormous population of drug users, “yet for decades, probation and parole have largely failed to wean participants off of either crime or drugs,” write the authors of a new study released by the federal National Institute of Justice. Researchers write that during “swift-and-certain sanctions” (SAC) programs, offenders are made aware that drug violations will likely be detected and punished. In SAC […]
Replicating HOPE: Can others do it as well as Hawaii?

July 30, 2014 0 Comments

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 […]
Omnibus Crime Bill Passes Alaska Legislature

April 22, 2014 0 Comments

A law offering sweeping reforms to Alaska’s prison system has passed the state Legislature Tuesday. The House unanimously passed Senate Bill 64 early Monday morning, and the Senate concurred with changes to the bill on Tuesday. According to a sponsor statement, the bill’s goal is to increase public safety, slow prison growth and cut costs. Read more at KTUU here.
SB 64 Aims To Curb Repeat Offenders In Alaska Posted

March 20, 2014 0 Comments

Senator John Coghill spoke with us about Senate Bill 64 which aims to curb repeat offenders in Alaska and passed from the Senate to the House last week… Coghill said the programmatic approach aims to increase accountability of non-dangerous individuals released through programs like 24-hour alcohol and drug monitoring and possibly residential programs. Another portion  would implement swifter punishment for parolees who break the terms of their release. Sen. Coghill: […]
Washington’s ‘Swift And Certain’ Parole Reforms Getting Results And Attention

March 10, 2014 0 Comments

President Barack Obama wants to expand a program pioneered in Washington to reform probation and parole. The new state law dramatically changed its approach to ex-offenders, and even the experts who back the new approach have been surprised at the promising results. In the past, ex-offenders on probation or parole could often rack up a bunch of violation before they’d be punished. And by then the sanctions could be harsh: […]
Could this be the solution to America’s probation problem?

February 6, 2014 0 Comments

Paradise on earth is how most people know Hawaii – white sandy beaches and coconut palms. But there are Hawaiians living outside the frame on the picture postcard. The roughly 8 million tourists who visit the state each year attract a lot of property crime. Even an ocean away from the mainland, the methamphetamine market is thriving. The islands have jails and prisons, and plenty of people to fill them. […]