Steven S. Alm was sworn in as a First Circuit judge on May 14, 2001. He is currently assigned to the felony Criminal Division. Judge Alm currently chairs the Corrections Population Management Commission and is a co-chair of the Interagency Council on Intermediate Sanctions.

In 2004, Judge Alm brought together stakeholders to design and implement HOPE Probation (Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement). The program, the first and only of its kind in the nation, relies on high-intensity supervision to reduce probation violations by drug offenders and others at high risk of recidivism.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Alm served as the United States Attorney for the District of Hawai`i from November 1994 until April 2001.

During his tenure, the United State’s Attorney’s Office focused on political corruption, labor racketeering and drug trafficking offenses, and started the very successful Weed and Seed program. Judge Alm made federal, state and local cooperation and coordination his top priority.

From 1985 to 1994, Judge Alm served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu. During that time, he served as a Felony Team Supervisor and as Director of the District and Family Court division and personally handled complex homicide cases. Judge Alm worked as a Westlaw Editor for West Publishing Company from 1983-1985.

Judge Alm received his law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in 1983 and his Master’s degree in Education from the University of Oregon in 1979.

Unlocking Justice Conference 2009 sponsored by the Community Alliance on Prisons.

Director/Producer/Videographer: Henry Curtis

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