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Dear President Trump: Here’s How to Get Right on Crime

Incorporating SCF supervision is recommended as part of DOJ’s justice reinvestment plan to lower costs and reduce crime.

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Chester County (Penn.) Prison Population at 15-Year Low

Chester County’s SAVE (Swift Alternative Violation Enforcement) initiative is credited with helping the county bring its prison population to a 15-year low.

Warning Signs: Colorado Parole Changes Put Child at Risk

A Colorado parolee’s murder admission has raised questions about Colorado’s adoption of SCF.

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Board Meeting

Illinois is considering giving permission to the state’s department of correction to use electronic monitoring as an intermediate sanction for supervision violations.

Community Punishments in a Rational Society

This article argues that HOPE and SCF are fundamentally punitive and fail to address essential components of probationer and parolee rehabilitation. The author recommends providing greater access to services and support as superior solutions.

Do Addicts Have Free Will? An Empirical Approach to a Vexing Question

This article explores the issue of human will as it relates to addiction, and how HOPE has reduced drug use among parolees.

Arizona Graduated Sanctions Bill

Arizona’s SB 1067 would require the department of corrections to implement graduated sanctions in response to parole and probation violations. Those who oppose the bill say the state cannot legally extend the time that an individual is under community supervision, even if it is in lieu of revoking supervision.

Michigan Swift and Sure Webinars

This brief webinar explains how Michigan’s Swift and Sure Probation Program works and how it’s different from treatment-based courts.

Montana Senate Endorses Bills to Lower Prison Population

Montana’s Senate has passed a bill to use swift and proportionate sanctioning to address technical violations of probation terms.

Pennsylvania Corrections Department Issues State Intermediate Punishment Progress Report

Pennsylvania’s SIP (State Intermediate Punishment) progress report indicates that the program, which is based on HOPE, has saved the state nearly $80 million and has reduced recidivism compared to supervision as usual.

Gang Member Accused of Killing Whittier (Cali.) Cop Had Cycled in and out of Jail, Records Show

A Southern California gang member allegedly killed a police officer and injured another after being released from a short jail stint for violating terms of his SCF-based community supervision.

“Nothing Works” in Corrections Replaced by “Nothing Works Well?”

The perspective that HOPE and SCF-based initiatives are ineffective is presented here. The article cites recent research that suggests SCF does not reduce recidivism.

Michigan Senate Approves Criminal Justice Reforms

Michigan’s senate has passed a series of criminal justice reforms, including legislation that expands the state’s Swift and Sure eligibility, designates Swift and Sure as a specialty court, and uses SCF concepts in a new program intended to prevent parolees from returning to prison.

Should Victoria (Aus) Introduce a Swifter Model of Sentencing Family Violence Offenders?

Victoria, Australia’s drug court has adopted a quasi-SCF approach, but participants must attend regular hearings, even when there are no violations to address. Participants also accrue jail sanctions, instead of receiving immediate sanctioning

Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force Final Report

The Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force recommends swift, certain, and proportionate sanctions for parole and probation violations, which include short, graduated jail stints when violations occur and a lengthier process for revoking parole or probation.

Oklahoma Governor’s Task Force Calls for Decreasing Sentences for Drug Crimes

A task force sanctioned by Oklahoma’s governor recommends SCF-based sanctioning for technical parole violations in order to ameliorate the state’s growing prison population

Arkansas Criminal Reform Bill Faces Uphill Battle in Senate Committee

Arkansas’s SB 136 proposes an SCF supervision model that diverts parole and probation violators to community correction facilities instead of back to prison.

Rochester Gun Court Helping to Reduce Violence

Monroe County, MI has adopted an SCF-based approach to its gun court that aims to help young individuals with repeat offenses stay out of prison.

San Diego a Model for Crime Prevention Programs

A recent analysis found that San Diego County’s SCF-based re-entry program reduced participants’ rates of parole revocation and time in prison compared to non-participants.

Should Victoria (Aus) Introduce a Swifter Model of Sentencing Family Violence Offenders?

Victoria, Australia’s Drug Court has implemented an SCF-based approach, but requires participants to attend regularly scheduled hearings, even if there has been no infraction. Additionally, sanctions accrue rather than being served immediately for individual violations.

Oklahoma Governor’s Task Force Calls for Decreasing Sentences for Drug Crimes

An Oklahoma task force recommends SCF-based sanctions for technical violations of supervision terms before revoking parole, and decreasing sentence terms for non-violent drug offenses.

Justice Reinvestment in Montana: Report to the Montana Commission on Sentencing

CSG recommends brief, proportional jail sanctions, and alternative sanctions, for probation and parole violators in Montana, to promote fairness.