Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE)
In collaboration with RTI, the Justice Center is utilizing a randomized control trial to study a probation program that involves swift, certain, and consistent sanctions. During this 5 year study, researchers will evaluate implementation of the program as well as recidivism outcomes.
- Co-Principal Investigator/Process Evaluation Task Leader: Gary Zajac, Ph.D. (email@example.com)
- Project Consultant: Doris MacKenzie, Ph.D., Adjunct Senior Scientist in Criminology- Retired
- Research Assistant: Elaine Arsenault, M.A.
About the Project
- 4 year NIJ-funded study in collaboration with RTI.
- Testing the HOPE probation model in 4 sites across the country.
- Do certain, swift, and consistent sanctions from the judge reduce drug use and recidivism in high-risk probationers?
- What factors are involved in successfully implementing HOPE across different jurisdictions?
- Random assignment of 1600 probationers to HOPE or probation as usual.
- Measuring various outcomes such as appointment compliance, drug test results, rearrest rates, jail dates served, criminal attitudes.
- Currently in the data analysis phrase.
- Results will inform future policies regarding best practices in probation.