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Title: Evaluation and System Description of ASAP (Alcohol Safety Action Projects) Judicial Systems Volume 6 - Los Angeles County, California Case Study
Author(s): J A Palmer
Corporate Author: Indiana University
Institute for Research in Public Safety
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 117
Sponsoring Agency: Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47401
National Technical Information Service
Springfield, VA 22151
US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Contract Number: DOT-HS-4-00958
Publication Number: DOT-HS-803-473
Sale Source: National Technical Information Service
US Dept of Commerce
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Los Angeles County's Alcohol Safety Action Project (ASAP) was studied to discover the advantages and disadvantages of methods used in five different courts to investigate and classify recidivist drunk driving offenders.
Abstract: Data were collected via a review of the project's literature, site observations, and interviews with important personnel. The comparative analysis showed that the quick and inexpensive presentencing screening and referrral procedure provided by public health investigation staff in the Los Angeles Downtown Traffic Court was superior to other methods, expecially in its efficiency. Services involving extensive investigations provided by the probation department were inappropriate for drunk driver screening and referral, but provided effective long term personal supervision and compliance monitoring. Use by the Van Nuys Municipal Court of volunteers from the local alcoholism council to provide postsentencing investigation, referral, and monitoring support was an efficient and inexpensive procedure, despite a high staff turnover rate. Results supported seven hypotheses. For example, court procedures for drunk driving cases can be routinized so that certain important functions can be handled by personnel other than judges, and classification of defendants into drinker types can be done by almost anyone in the court system. Figures, tables, footnotes, a list of 17 references, and an appendix listing guidelines for California's present investigation program are included. For related case studies and a technical report, see NCJ 72944-48. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): California; Case studies; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Evaluation; Judicial process; Offender classification; Program evaluation; Recidivism
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