skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 93964 Find in a Library
Title: Summary of Services for the Public Inebriate in San Diego, California, 1983
Corporate Author: San Diego Cty Alcohol Program
Research and Evaluation Section
United States of America
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Family Information Systems, Inc
Newton, MA 02160
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
San Diego Cty Alcohol Program
San Diego, CA 92103
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Family Information Systems, Inc
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02160
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper surveys San Diego's strategies to handle public inebriates and describes its current approach, a short-term alcohol diversion program which sobers up drunks and offers a voluntary detoxification program.
Abstract: While California Penal Code 647(f) makes public intoxication a misdemeanor, enforcement is impeded by limited budgets and the limited interest of many inebriates in recovery. San Diego County has used three strategies over the past 15 years: (1) jail only, which was costly and ineffective; (2) a 3-day detox or jail effort; and (3) the present Inebriate Reception Center alternative to jail. In contrast to myths of public inebriety, the majority of IRC users are between 20 and 39, white, and male. Users of the unlocked IRC are usually escorted there by police and advised to remain for 4 hours or face arrest. The IRC tells the client about available recovery opportunities and arranges immediate admittance if the client is interested. Fees are charged, but no one is denied services due to inability to pay. The program's special strengths include its low cost, minimum allocation of limited funds for recovery to persons with no interest in recovery, linkages with a spectrum of recovery resources, and excellent working relationships with community agencies. Its principal weakness is a limited capacity to accept nonpolice or social service agency referrals. For related reports, see NCJ 93965-66.
Index Term(s): Alcohol detoxification; Alcoholics; Alcoholism treatment programs; Disorderly conduct; Drunkenness; Texas
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.