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NCJ Number: 251758 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of the Honest Opportunity Probation With Enforcement Demonstration Field Experiment (HOPE DFE)
Author(s): Pamela K. Lattimore; Debbie Dawes; Doris L. MacKenzie; Gary Zajac
Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America
Date Published: June 2018
Page Count: 268
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
RTI International
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-RY-BX-0003
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a multi-site evaluation of the Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Demonstration Field Experiment (HOPE DFE), which was a four-site, randomized controlled trial that replicated a Hawaii probation program widely touted as successfully reducing drug use, probation violations, and re-incarceration.
Abstract: The HOPE regimen begins with a “warning” hearing in which a judge warns the probationers that strict adherence to probation requirements is the core element of HOPE. This is executed through swift hearings following violations and an immediate application of sanctions. Treatment is required for those who repeatedly fail random drug tests. This evaluation involved 1,504 HOPE-eligible individuals, who were randomly assigned to HOPE or to probation as usual (PAU) between August 2012 and September 2014. Participant characteristics varied across sites. The evaluation determined that the implementation of the HOPE model was good to excellent. Overall, HOPE did not reduce recidivism, however, as measured by arrest, revocation, and new conviction. Findings suggest that HOPE worked as well as but not better than PAU; however, 6-month median costs were significantly higher for HOPE than PAU overall. Given the consistency of findings across four sites that differed in the administration of PAU, this report concludes there is little to support a conclusion that HOPE or HOPE-like programs will produce substantial improvements over PAU when widely implemented. 173 exhibits, 129 references, and appended methodological tools
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Deterrence effectiveness; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; Probation effectiveness; Probation violations
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