ADC Unit to launch SWIFT program

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The program deals with offenders who have been identified as likely to violate the conditions of their probation.

Guam – The Guam Adult Drug Unit with the Judiciary of Guam hopes to begin a pilot program by the end of the year called the Swift, Certain and Fair Sanctions Program.

According to Senior Probation Officer Yvette Ananich, the program mirrors Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Program or HOPE. An intensive supervision program that aims to reduce crime and drug use. Like the HOPE program the Swift Certain and Fair Sanctions program deals with offenders who have been identified as likely to violate the conditions of their probation. 20 high risk clients will be identified to participate in the first year of the program.

Ananich says, “For every violation you have a swift certain and fair sanction. Those individuals that come in test positive and admit they will have a holding cell sanction and every time that it happens that way it’s still the same kind of sanction.”

Ananich says that the sanctions are immediate and focuses on behavioral modification. Ensuring that clients understand that violations will have consequences.  The program will conduct frequent and random drug tests and respond to detected violations – including failed drug tests and skipped probation meetings – with swift, certain and appropriate terms of incarceration. As well as responds to absconding probationers with quickly enforced warrant service and sanctions.

 

 

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.