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Montana Driving Lower Alcohol Traffic Fatalities With 24/7 Sobriety

With a state population of just over 1 million, Montana continues to have one of the highest per capita alcohol-impaired driving fatality rates in the nation. Last year alone 192 people were killed on Montana’s roads and highways, with alcohol being the leading cause of fatal crashes. Although these numbers are still too high, Montana […]

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Texas Using Technology to Speed Up DUI Warrants

When suspected drunk drivers in Galveston, Texas, refuse a breath or sobriety test, police officers don’t have to go any farther than their smartphone or tablet to obtain a warrant for a blood draw. Galveston County’s Safety Through Rapid Investigation of Key Evidence program, or STRIKE, enables officers to contact a judge by video chat […]

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Funding Available for Programs Using Swift, Certain, and Fair Sanctions (SCF)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced that funding is available for jurisdictions that want to implement or enhance a Swift, Certain, and Fair Sanctions (SCF) program model. The grants will support programs that aim to replicate the success of the Hawaii HOPE program, which focuses on swift and […]

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2015 Funding for Public Safety & Victim Services in Tribal Communities

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the FY 2015 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) for funding to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention improvements for American Indian and Alaska Native governments. DOJ’s existing Tribal government-specific programs are included in, and available through, this single Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation. CTAS funding is available […]

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Target 25 receives Governors GHSA award

Pennsylvania Pretrial Program Recognized for Reducing Repeat DUIs

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has awarded Judge John Kennedy and York County, PA’s Target 25 Program the 2014 Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award for outstanding highway safety accomplishments. Repeat DUIs in York County The Target 25 Program originated when Judge Kennedy, who presides over the York County Court of Common Pleas, realized that approximately […]

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Two Progressive TN Laws Expand Monitoring to Non-DUI Offenders, Mandate Treatment

On July 1, two new laws go in to effect in Tennessee that keep the state at the forefront of progressive legislation aimed at better supervising and deterring future behavior of repeat offenders. Amelia’s Law is named after Maryville, Tennessee, teenager Amelia Keown, who was killed in a head-on collision with an offender who had a long […]

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As UK Gets Tough on Alcohol and Crime, the BBC Puts New Tools to the Test

In the U.K., upwards of 50% of violent crime is linked to alcohol, and one-third of police time is reportedly spent dealing with “drink-related” crime. In the last 2 years, U.K. officials have looked to the U.S. for some of the programs and technologies that have been making a difference in the management and mitigation of […]

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Drunk Driver Who Made YouTube Confession Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years

An Ohio court has sentenced 22-year-old Matthew Cordle, famous for confessing to killing a 61-year-old-man in a drunk driving accident via a video he posted online, to 6 ½ years in state prison. Per Ohio state law, his driving privileges were revoked for life. Cordle, who is a first-time DUI offender and was at  0.19 […]

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Attorney General Holder Recommends New Sentencing Approach for Drug Offenses

In a speech to the American Bar Association on August 12, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder contrasted what he termed as inadequate “20th century” approaches to criminal justice with the Justice Department’s new proposals for “smarter,” “evidence-based” solutions. Holder spoke of the need to direct limited crime-fighting resources toward violent offenses and to increase the […]

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NADCP Conference Attendees Urge Congress to Invest in Communities by Funding Drug and DWI Courts

Last month, attendees at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 19th Annual Training Conference left the convention hall for a day and headed to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and their staff. Their goal: to give legislators a better understanding of the drug court model and how these courts are making a difference […]

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