The program deals with offenders who have been identified as likely to violate the conditions of their probation.
Guam – The Guam Adult Drug Unit with the Judiciary of Guam hopes to begin a pilot program by the end of the year called the Swift, Certain and Fair Sanctions Program.
According to Senior Probation Officer Yvette Ananich, the program mirrors Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Program or HOPE. An intensive supervision program that aims to reduce crime and drug use. Like the HOPE program the Swift Certain and Fair Sanctions program deals with offenders who have been identified as likely to violate the conditions of their probation. 20 high risk clients will be identified to participate in the first year of the program.
Ananich says, “For every violation you have a swift certain and fair sanction. Those individuals that come in test positive and admit they will have a holding cell sanction and every time that it happens that way it’s still the same kind of sanction.”
Ananich says that the sanctions are immediate and focuses on behavioral modification. Ensuring that clients understand that violations will have consequences. The program will conduct frequent and random drug tests and respond to detected violations – including failed drug tests and skipped probation meetings – with swift, certain and appropriate terms of incarceration. As well as responds to absconding probationers with quickly enforced warrant service and sanctions.