HOPE Program Gets $800,000 for Pretrial Pilot Program

From a recent press release:

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety, the Hawaii State Judiciary, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced that LJAF is awarding a $789,950 grant to fund a two-year pilot program for pretrial supervision modeled on Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program. 

The grant will fund positions at the Department of Public Safety’s Intake Service Center to supervise and drug test HOPE Pretrial defendants, a deputy sheriff to serve any arrest warrants, and a part-time deputy prosecutor and public defender to prepare for and handle any needed violation hearings in court. The funds will also provide for drug testing, any needed confirmation tests, and outpatient and residential treatment. 

HOPE Pretrial, as the pilot will be known, will use the same strategies as HOPE Probation, the high-intensity supervision program that has successfully helped reduce probation violations, re-offense rates, drug use, and the costs of incarceration. …

Read Civil Beat’s article on Judge Steve AlmThe Man from HOPE.

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Photo: Judge Steve Alm. (Civil Beat)

—Chad Blair

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