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Changing the Behavior of Drug-Involved Offenders: Supervision That Works

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December 2012
11 pages
This video and accompanying transcript cover two presentations on the management of drug-involved offenders that were part of the NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar.
The two presenters are Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Angela Hawken, Associate Professor of Economic and Policy Analysis. Both presentations discuss lessons learned from Hawaii's swift-and-certain supervision program for drug-involved offenders, which is commonly referred to as Hawaii HOPE. Both of the presenters have conducted evaluation studies of the Hawaii HOPE program. The two presenters also discuss the kinds of offenders that are now being supervised under HOPE-style programs, both in Hawaii and on the mainland. In addition, the presentations address gaps in research, such as the psychological mechanisms that underlie dramatic behavioral changes in dug-involved offenders, the minimum effect of sanctions, whether sanctions should escalate, and when revocation is appropriate. In addition, the two presenters discuss the implications of swift-and-certain supervision programs for juveniles, alcoholics, pretrial releasees, and prisoners, as well as the appropriate role of the Federal Government.

Date Published: December 1, 2012