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NCJ Number: 251268 Find in a Library
Title: A Hopeful Approach: Understanding the Implications for the HOPE Program, article
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: November 2017
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online); Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents findings from three studies of Hawaii’s Honest Opportunity Probation With Enforcement (HOPE) program, which was developed in 2004 to create a more transparent and accountable probation system.
Abstract: The three studies were funded by the U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ). One study examined the initial impact of the original Hawaii HOPE experiments over a period of 3 months. The second study was a 76-month follow-up of the original Hawaii HOPE cohort. The third study was the HOPE demonstration field experiment (DFE), which was a strict replication of the HOPE program in four jurisdictions in mainland states. The current analysis of these three studies focused on possible reasons for the differences in findings of the Hawaii HOPE and the HOPE DFE. The distinctive feature of the Hawaii HOPE program is a measured and proportionate sanction for each probation violation shortly after it occurs. The 3-month evaluation of Hawaii’s HOPE found that it contributed to a decrease in drug offenses by 26 percent in the first 3 months of the program and increased compliance with probation conditions. The 76-month study of the Hawaii HOPE program also showed promising program results, notably fewer returns to prison on average compared to controls. Although the HOPE DFE was a strict replication of the HOPE program in four mainland jurisdictions, preliminary evaluation findings suggest no overall differences in the average number of arrests for HOPE and control probationers; however, certain jurisdictions experienced reductions in recidivism and probation revocations. The differences in Hawaii HOPE and HOPE DFE may relate to the environment in which HOPE was implemented, as well as the different legislative and regulatory contexts that may have influenced outcomes.
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Evaluation; Hawaii; NIJ Resources; Probation effectiveness; Probation violations
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