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 recipient will use grant funds to replicate the HOPE model within the states existing Community Sentencing Structure. The Community Sentencing program is a proven solution that Oklahoma has developed to decrease incarceration rates. The project goals are to develop and enhance SCF initiatives and to implement a SCF model with fidelity in order to reduce recidivism among probationers while connecting and analyzing the data to demonstrate the efficacy of the program. The target population will consist of moderate to high risk individuals sentenced to community supervision. ODOC expects to serve eight new offenders each month of the project period, for a total of 192 offenders entered and served in the program.