Hawaii’s HOPE Program Gets a Critical Review

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Two of the most widely lauded programs by criminal justice experts and policymakers for their alleged ability to reduce recidivism have received  skeptical assessments.

A forthcoming study to be published in Criminology & Public Policy  concludes that neither Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (Hawaii HOPE) program, nor the Swift, Certain and Fair (SCF) model of supervision achieved  significant reductions in re-arrests of "moderate to high-risk probationers," compared to standard probation programs.

In the study,

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