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December 18, 2008

Another example of drunk driving sentencing problems

This local news report from New Mexico, headlined "Study: Repeat DWI Offenders Not Getting Help," reinforces my enduring concern that criminal justice systems often do not effectively respond to the crime of drunk driving.  Here are some details from the piece:

A study shows more people people who are repeatedly arrested for DWI are not getting help. According to a new study from the University of New Mexico Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions, 52 percent of convicted second or third-time DWI offenders were not getting court-ordered treatment as part of their sentence.

The study -- based on court records -- also states that of all the offenders who were ordered into treatment only 46 percent were actually receiving treatment. "I think our primary concern is that it's not being ordered in the judgment and sentencing as is required by New Mexico law," said Rachel O'Connor, the state's DWI czar.

O'Connor said the study is disappointing and will hopefully be a wake-up call. "The courts, I think, need to look at their policies and practices and see what they can do to change this number," said O'Connor. "These are repeat DWI offenders. I think the governor and legislators have made clear that treatment is part of a recovery process and we want to make sure that they're sentenced to it."

Some related posts on sentencing drunk drivers:

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DWI or Diving While Intoxicated with alcohol or any other drugs is a serious problem in America and many other countries. People who indulge in drunk driving today are not just careless but also negligent and arrogant.

Posted by: Mark | Dec 22, 2008 4:37:58 AM

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