Operation New Hope

Evidence Rating:
Promising – One investigate Promising - One study

Program Goals/Target Population

Operation New Hope (formerly Lifeskills ’95) is a curriculum-based aftercare diagnosis module designed to support chronic, high-risk youthful offenders in their reintegration to a village after they are expelled from secure confinement. The module reinforces tiny successes while addressing a ongoing offender’s fears of a genuine world. The module is designed to provide improperly socialized youthful offenders by regulating a array of lifestyle and life ability diagnosis modalities in an integrated educational proceed to healthy decision-making.


Program Theory

The module is grounded in a dynamics of William Glasser’s (1965) “reality therapy” approach. The proceed used by a curriculum is formed on 6 programmatic beliefs believed to assistance with reintegration:

  1. Improve a simple socialization skills compulsory for successful reintegration into a community.
  2. Significantly revoke rapist activity in terms of volume and seriousness.
  3. Alleviate a need for or coherence on ethanol or unlawful drugs.
  4. Improve altogether lifestyle choices (social, education, pursuit training, and employment).
  5. Reduce a individual’s need for squad appearance and connection as a support mechanism.
  6. Reduce a high rate of short-term recover revocations.

These beliefs chateau a behavioral qualifications believed to be many obliged for disaster to reintegrate. A juvenile’s inability to duty and adjust to a norms of multitude is seen as a lifelong problem attributable to a early family socialization routine and exacerbated by bad propagandize performance, ethanol and/or unlawful drug use, and clever attachments to disastrous counterpart groups (Josi and Sechrest 1999).

Program Activities

The diagnosis consists of 39 hours of programming finished over 13 uninterrupted weekly meetings that combine on opposite coping skills. There are 13 primary and 29 delegate module diagnosis topics. The 13 primary topics are 1) Program Introduction, 2) The “Pit”—Dealing With Your Emotions, 3) Unmanageability, 4) Denial, 5) The Problem of Thinking You Can Do It Alone, 6) “Letting Go,” 7) Perceptions, 8) Expectations, 9) Reality, 10) Love, 11) Family Dynamics, 12) Living With Addiction, and 13) Continuous Practice. Each event lasts approximately 3 hours. The initial half of any event is used for lectures, while a final half of any event is used for organisation discussion.


Participants might start a module during any indicate in a curriculum. Participation in a given event does not count on attending a prior event for understanding, nor for surpassing by a program.


Additional Information

Operation New Hope also operates a girl training module for at-risk girl age 17 to 21 years old. Before practice placement, staff control preemployment skills training and workshops that embody topics such as interviewing, grooming, and educational/vocational requirements. The module is run in partnership with a County of San Bernardino (Calif.) Workforce Investment Board. Operation New Hope, in partnership with John Muir Charter School, also provides educational services to assistance youths achieve their high propagandize diplomas or GEDs. However, a effects of these portions of a module have not been evaluated.

Evaluation Outcomes

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At a finish of a research period, Josi and Sechrest (1999) found that there were significantly some-more control organisation parolees who were catastrophic in their recover attempt, compared with initial organisation parolees who participated in Operation New Hope. Fifty-three percent of a control organisation (61 of a 115 parolees) was catastrophic during parole, compared with 35 percent of a initial organisation (37 of a 106 parolees).

The initial organisation was also significantly reduction expected to have been arrested. At a finish of a research period, 32.1 percent of a initial organisation parolees had been arrested one or some-more times, compared with 53.9 percent of a control group.

Substance Abuse
The initial organisation was significantly reduction expected to use drugs or alcohol. At a finish of a research period, nothing of a parolees in a initial organisation were personal as daily users, compared with 19.4 percent of a control group. Nineteen percent of a initial organisation spasmodic used drugs, compared with 32.0 percent of a control group. The infancy of a initial organisation parolees (81 percent) had no drug use during a research period, compared with fewer than half (48.5 percent) of a control group.

At a finish of a evaluation, initial organisation parolees were significantly some-more expected to be employed (full or partial time) and to be enrolled in school, compared with control organisation parolees. Among a 65 parolees in a initial organisation who had been successful on recover during a finish of a research period, 46.2 percent were employed full or partial time, and 6.6 percent were enrolled in propagandize or vocational training. Among a 52 parolees in a control organisation who had been successful on recover during a finish of a research period, usually 26.1 percent were employed full or partial time, and 5.2 percent were enrolled in propagandize or vocational training. Please note: The practice outcomes enclosed usually parolees who had been successful on recover during a finish of a research period; a outcomes did not embody parolees who had been catastrophic on parole.

Social Behavior
The initial organisation displayed significantly larger improvements in amicable behavior, compared with a control group, as totalled by disastrous counterpart associations and family relationships. Sixty-seven percent of a initial organisation reported carrying no hit with former squad associates, compared with 45.2 percent of a control group. Approximately 43 percent of a initial organisation reported few, if any, associations with disastrous peers, compared with 26.1 percent of a control group. Finally, 67.0 percent of a initial organisation reported fast relations with family members, compared with 51.3 percent of a control group.

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Evaluation Methodology

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The Operation New Hope (previously famous as Lifeskills ’95) module was evaluated by Josi and Sechrest (1999) regulating a quasi-experimental pattern with a nonrandomized diagnosis and a control group. The dual groups were done adult of youthful parolees expelled from a cumulative trickery between Feb. 1 and Dec. 31, 1995, who were reserved to a California Youth Authority’s (CYA’s) Inland Parole Office (which served both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties). If a youthful reported a chateau that was within a 25-mile radius of a Inland Parole Office during a time of release, he or she was placed in a diagnosis group. If a chateau was over a 25-mile radius, a girl was put into a control group. In this study, accurately 115 youths lived within a 25-mile radius, and 115 lived over a limit. However, during a research period, 9 parolees from a diagnosis organisation became concerned in an additional module and were private from a representation (n=106 for a diagnosis group).

The strenuous infancy of participants were male—97.4 percent in a diagnosis organisation and 95.7 percent in a control group. The normal ages were 20.0 and 20.2, respectively. The diagnosis organisation was 40.9 percent African American, 39.1 percent Hispanic, and 14.8 percent white. The control organisation was 50.4 percent Hispanic, 24.3 percent African American, and 20.0 percent white. There were no poignant differences between a groups. The diagnosis organisation was compulsory to attend all 13 Lifeskills ’95 classes, while a control organisation was not.

Data was collected by semistructured interviews and surveys of parolees, diagnosis facilitators, and recover agents. Random drug tests were also performed. Data was collected 3 times: 1) a initial week after release, 2) after a diagnosis was finish (3 months after release), and 3) during a finish of a research duration (Feb. 28, 1996). Only a formula for a finish of a research duration are reported underneath a Evaluation Outcomes section. At a finish of a research period, any youthful reserved in a investigate had been on recover for a smallest of 3 months (those paroled in Dec 1995) to a limit of 12 months (those paroled in Feb 1995).

There were several outcomes of seductiveness examined in a study. Recidivism/revocation was totalled by recover failures. Parole disaster was tangible as disgraceful discharge, absent but leave or accede or missing, bonds in youthful gymnasium or county jail, reversal for a technical violation, or reversal for a rapist violation. Data on recover disaster was performed from a CYA’s Offender-Based Institutional Tracking System. Substance use was totalled by examining a formula of parolees’ urine tests. Employment was examined by a series of parolees who were now employed (full and partial time) or were enrolled in propagandize or vocational training. Social function was totalled by questions seeking parolees about their reinvolvement with disastrous counterpart groups and problems in their family relationships.

Chi-square research was used to exam for statistically poignant disproportion in outcome formula between a initial and control groups.

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Implementation Information

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Evidence-Base (Studies Reviewed)

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Study 1
Josi, Don A., and Dale K. Sechrest. 1999. “A Pragmatic Approach to Parole Aftercare: Evaluation of a Community Reintegration Program for High-Risk Youthful Offenders.” Justice Quarterly 16(1):51–80.

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Additional References

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Glasser, William. 1965. Reality Therapy. New York, N.Y.: Harper Row.

Operation New Hope Web site. 2012.

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