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Hawaii HOPE Program
Hawaii is expanding its HOPE program with Byrne JAG funds. HOPE is a high-intensity adult probation program, targeting high-risk offenders by imposing immediate intermediate sanctions aimed at long-term recidivism reduction. Ongoing, independent evaluation of this groundbreaking project has shown its success and effectiveness in reducing recidivism. To learn more about this program, click here. To learn more about the research that supports this program, click here.

Strategic Planning and Development
Byrne JAG funds will be used to plan for the development and implementation of a Family Justice Center for victims of domestic violence, elder abuse and sexual assault in Hawaii. It will be structured after the nationally recognized best practices model of the Office on Violence Against Women.

Offender Reentry
In Hawaii, Byrne JAG funds will support the development of an adult offender reentry program for inmates with co-occurring disorders incorporating a best practices approach (APIC model) of the National GAINS Center, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Mental Health
In Hawaii, Byrne JAG funds grant funds will be used to establish a pre-doctoral psychology internship program to provide counseling services to offenders who are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness with the goal of reducing recidivism. The program incorporates a combination of evidence-based techniques focusing on both clinical and criminogenic factors, using the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM).

Substance Abuse
Hawaii uses its Byrne JAG to provide substance abuse treatment services to moderate risk offenders. Services include assessment and treatment planning, individual, group, and family counseling, and aftercare. An evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treatment curriculum for offenders is utilized.

Management Information Systems
Hawaii is using Byrne JAG funding for the enhancement of a statewide management information system that shares offender evidence-based assessment instrument scores among the jail, pre-sentence, probation, and parole agencies. This allows matching of assessed needs and level of treatment with appropriate available treatment for the offender. The goal of this system is to reduce recidivism of offenders.