The Los Angeles Times sent a reporter to Honolulu for this story on the state’s HOPE program that specializes in offenders with drug and alcohol problems.

The ever-chipper Judge Steve Alm played host to the writer who explains the program and its successes to a national audience. HOPE continues to impress the justice community.

Here’s a look inside the HOPE courtroom that ran with a piece by Civil Beat’s Chad Blair earlier this year: