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 grant recipient will use the funds to serve 50 high-risk, drug-involved offenders in a program will include close monitoring, swift and certain responses, and proportionate sanctions. The goal of the program is to implement an initiative to reduce recidivism and improve individual and criminal justice outcomes. To meet the goal the grantee will: 1) Implement targeted supervision and treatment for high-risk/high-need offenders; 2) Improve supervision strategies to reduce recidivism; 3) Increase the number of supervision decisions that are fair, consistently applied, with transparent consequences; and 4) Promote and increase collaboration among agencies and staff who work in the probation/parole/reentry, treatment and related fields.