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’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.
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
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.
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