Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $600,000)
The Swift, Certain, and Fair Sanctions Program (SCF): Replicating the Concepts Behind Project HOPE Program provides funding to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) in an effort to enhance public safety, foster collaboration, and to improve the outcomes of individuals under the supervision of community corrections.
The goals of this program, funded by the Consolidated and Further Appropriations Act, 2015, Pub. L. No. 113-235, 128 Stat. 2130, 2194, are to develop and enhance SCF initiatives and implement the SCF model with fidelity, resulting in reduced recidivism and better outcomes for program participants. SCF approaches are intended to: (a) improve supervision strategies that reduce recidivism; (b) promote and increase collaboration among agencies and officials who work in community corrections and related fields to enhance swift and certain sanctions; (c) enhance the offenders perception that the supervision decisions are fair, consistently applied, and consequences are transparent; and (d) improve the outcomes of individuals participating in these initiatives.
The grantee will utilize award funds to develop and implement of a piloted Swift, Certain, and Fair model in one Ohio County. This will serve as a benchmark and measure in conjunction with the FY 2014 SAC pilot for future implementation of this model in Ohio to determine if statewide implementation is a viable and effective option and aids in reducing recidivism while increasing successful supervision. The target population will include 200 offenders placed on community control (probation) supervision who are identified as a moderate or higher risk or low risk offenders who have a documented need in substance abuse.