Short stay in jail cuts crime study finds.A Seattle pilot program that imposes a punishment of three to five days in jail for violations of community supervision is significantly reducing drug use, incarceration Confinement in a jail or prison; imprisonment.
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3. a report prepared for the Seattle City Council The Seattle City Council, the legislative body of Seattle, Washington, consists of nine members elected at large. Each member's term is four years, and there are no limits on the number of terms a member may serve. . According to the Seattle Times, the program was introduced to the state last year by Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess, whose idea was based on a successful Hawaii probation program that takes a "swift but sure" approach to violations.
The state is using existing correctional officers but has created a team in Seattle that works closely with local police to quickly arrest any offenders who violate the terms of their community supervision. Frequent, unannounced drug testing is required of all participants, and those who fail a drug test are immediately arrested under the program.
The city is paying for the program evaluation Program evaluation is a formalized approach to studying and assessing projects, policies and program and determining if they 'work'. Program evaluation is used in government and the private sector and it's taught in numerous universities. conducted by Angela Hawken, an associate professor of economics and policy at Pepperdine University. Though the evaluation lasted only six months, the study's findings have implications for corrections statewide where more than $270 million in cuts during the past three years could mean early release for thousands of inmates. So far, offenders seem to understand the intentions of the new program. One repeat offender with multiple violations during previous attempts on community supervision had not committed a single violation under the new program. When asked why, he responded, "I could tell you guys were serious."