DWI Courts are accountability courts that are dedicated to changing the behavior of Hardcore DWI offenders. Not everyone can get into a DWI Court. Participants must be willing to submit to the extra work, intensive monitoring, and rigorous treatment requirements of these programs. DWI Courts are facilitated by a team of stakeholders that includes judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, probation, and treatment providers, all working in concert to address each individual court participant.
SCRAM in DUI/DWI Courts
SCRAM’s Continuous Alcohol Monitoring protocol was officially recognized in 2010 by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals as a viable technology for monitoring offenders in both Drug and DWI Courts. And increased supervision and monitoring is one of the Guiding Principles for the DWI Court model.
Repeat drunk drivers pose serious risks to the community and are a burden on the resources of law enforcement, courts, and community corrections. SCRAM CAM is the only alcohol monitoring technology proven to support long-term behavior change in hardcore DUI and alcohol offenders. That’s why programs around the country are using SCRAM CAM to increase offender compliance, support clients’ sobriety, and drive better program outcomes.
San Joaquin County Court Uses Multiple Technologies to Monitor All Repeat Drunk Drivers
San Joaquin County, CA – San Joaquin launched its county-wide DUI Court—known as the San Joaquin DUI Monitoring Court or SJDMC—in 2008 with initial grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
All individuals convicted of a second or subsequent DUI in San Joaquin County are required to participate in the SJDMC. At any given time, the program has approximately 600 active participants, and they may only exit the program under two conditions: successful completion of all requirements or incarceration.
DWI/DUI Court Statistics
• In 2012 DWI Courts surpassed 600 nationally
• In the U.S. there are 1 million arrests for drunk driving each year
• The number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities continues to decline and is now below 10,000.