Pa. experimenting with quick penalties for probation violators

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    (Steve Ruark/AP Photo, file)

    (Steve Ruark/AP Photo, file)

    Completed prison sentences are little deterrent to many former inmates, who instead are repeatedly caught up in the criminal justice system. There are, though, encouraging results coming from a pilot disciplinary program called H.OP.E. (Hawaii Opportunity Probation Experiment) at two community correction centers in Pennsylvania.

    NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller talks about the program’s early successes with Bret Bucklen, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Director of Research and Planning. You can listen in the player above. 

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