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NCJ Number: 89695 Find in a Library
Title: DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) Diversion in Monroe County, 1 - The Role of Pretrial Diversion, (From Pretrial Services Annual Journal, Volume 5, P 94-101, 1982, Elizabeth Gaynes, ed. - See NCJ-89690)
Author(s): A M Valerio; K Kane; F S Saiger
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Annotation: A nontraditional alcohol treatment program, called Creative Interventions, is part of the Monroe County Pre-Trial Diversion DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) felony program in Rochester, N.Y.
Abstract: The clients have been charged with their first DWI felony in New York State, meaning that they have at least one prior drinking conviction, a DWI misdemeanor. The Pre-Trial Diversion Program provides clients with a chance to change their behavior by actively participating in treatment. It rewards the clients' successful completion of diversion allowing them to plead guilty to a reduced charge of DWI as a misdemeanor, thereby avoiding a felony conviction. The program also interrupts the clients' pattern of arrests by attempting to prevent their future involvement with the law. Clients sign a contract agreeing to the adjournment of their court charges during the treatment period (usually 6 or 7 months). Clients are not labeled 'alcoholics' and are encouraged to be responsible for learning limit-setting skills that fit their own value systems. Besides the ongoing client-counselor relationship and the direct treatment process, lack of a driver's license and fear of a felony conviction are important factors affecting clients' progress. Clients voluntarily give up their driver's license when they sign the program contract. Successful program completion requirements are appended.
Index Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs; Diversion programs; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); New York
Note: Available on microfiche as NCJ-89690
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