Sen. Proos, Hawaiian judge to host roundtable discussion on probation reforms proven to reduce prison costs

Who:
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, sponsor of Michigan’s Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program; and Judge Steven S. Alm, creator of Hawaii’s Honest Opportunity with Probation Enforcement (HOPE) program.

What:
Proos and Alm will hold a media roundtable to discuss the results of the HOPE program in Hawaii and the benefit and cost savings Michigan could realize if the similar Swift and Sure program were to be expanded statewide.

When:
Wednesday, March 26
9:30 to 10 a.m.
(Media is also welcome to a reception that runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.)

Where:
Dykema
Constitution Room
Capitol View Building
201 Townsend St. Suite 900
Lansing

Why:
Michigan’s Swift and Sure program began as a pilot project in the state’s 2012 budget for counties with combined courts and drug courts. Public Acts 616 and 617 of 2012 made it a permanent program, supervising high-risk probationers and requiring them to undergo frequent, random drug and alcohol testing so treatment decisions are based on the probationer’s behavior.

The program is based on Hawaii’s HOPE program, a successful initiative created by Judge Alm that helped significantly reduce crime and drug use by probationers and resulted in substantial cost savings.

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