Since HOPE’s inception, 620 individuals have been eligible for the program and 542 individuals have completed their assessment. Ninety-four percent of those cases have been sealed following meaningful engagement and completion of treatment.
Nearly 200 people have been referred to outpatient treatment programs, 51 people have been referred to inpatient programs and 24 people have been referred to detox.
According to McMahon’s office, only 20 percent of those who’ve completed the program have been re-arrested.
The HOPE Program is expanding to include new misdemeanor charges that would make an individual eligible for the program, including petit larceny, trespassing, possession of hypodermic needles, and other non-violent charges, McMahon explained.
Next year, HOPE 2.0 will launch – a post-arraignment offer to individuals who are arrested for on charges similar to HOPE, but may not be eligible for the pre-arraignment program.