Winning the War against High-Risk Impaired Drivers through Assessment Driven Sentencing and Supervision

In 2019 there were over 4.3 million individuals in the United States on community supervision. Of this population, approximately 400,000 men and women have been convicted multiple times for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Given high caseloads, competing interests and priorities in community corrections, it’s challenging to determine how to best supervise the DWI offender, capture their unique criminogenic risk factors, determine their likelihood to reoffend, and understand their treatment needs. This presentation will provide the latest information on national DWI research and statistics as well as validated DWI assessment tools including the Impaired Driver Assessment (IDA) and the Computerized Assessment Referral System (CARS).  Using research on characteristics of high risk impaired drivers as a backdrop, participants will understand the vital role these tools can play to both the Courts and Community Supervision in determining risk to recidivate while assisting criminal justice professionals in developing supervision plans that reflect criminogenic factors.

Objectives:

Participants will identify how DWI assessments impact sentencing and supervision strategies.
Participants will identify how to capture DWI assessment information at the pre and post- sentence level.
Participants will identify the characteristics and profiles of DWI offenders and the criminogenic risk factors that increase their likelihood of recidivating.   
Participants will also learn about some of the countermeasures and promising practices jurisdictions are employing to address recidivism.