CSG has recommended an SCF model for Pennsylvania parole violators. Today, an individual may be sent to prison for three to six months for a technical violation, which would be reduced to days under an SCF approach, and would also add consistency and greater sense of fairness, according to PADOC Bureau of Planning Director Brett Bucklen.
Fortificational punishment focuses on rehabilitating convicted individuals not by approaching them as helpless, but by offering accountability for moral and lawful behavior. SCF supervision is noted as one method of providing supportive accountability.
Chester County’s SAVE (Swift Alternative Violation Enforcement) initiative is credited with helping the county bring its prison population to a 15-year low.
South Dakota’s attorney general promotes SCF consequences for probation violations.
It takes CSOSA, Washington D.C.’s community-supervision agency, up to 51 days to obtain a warrant for a probation violation—not swift, says the former director.