From a press release Wednesday (May 1):

Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University announced the Top 25 programs in this year’s Innovations in American Government Award competition.

These government initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, federal, and tribal governments and address a host of policy issues including crime prevention, economic development, environmental and community revitalization, employment, education, and health care. …

Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) delivers swift, certain, and proportionate jail consequences for each probation violation. HOPE’s design allows a single judge to supervise nearly 2,000 felony offenders while reducing positive drug tests, missed appointments, probation revocations, new arrests, and incarceration.

A full list of the Top 25 programs is available here. …

Read Civil Beat’s story on HOPE and Judge Steve Alm.

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Judge Steven Alm.

—Chad Blair