VT Gov. Shumlin targets Costs and Recidivism of Drunk Drivers

9773852On Monday, VT Governor Shumlin called for changes in the way courts handle drunken driving cases, as well as consolidation of the successful Community High School of Vermont and Vermont Correctional Industries programs.The governor hopes to reduce the rate of recidivism
Shumlin announced that Robert Sand, Windsor County State’s Attorney, would join the Vermont Department of Public Safety to help criminal justice professionals in the state develop innovative and effective sentencing practices, including the creation of DUI treatment dockets in Vermont. The DUI treatment dockets are, similar to drug courts and help impaired drivers overcome their addiction
Based on the experiences in other states that have developed treatment courts, for every dollar spent to support these courts, states save between $2 to $4 in other criminal justice expenditures.

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