reply to post by rogerstigers
I work for my county's Sheriff's Electronic Monitoring Unit and for individuals that have multiple DUIs (never as many as 9 though, that's just
irresponsibility of the courts)
they are sentenced to electronic monitoring with another device called
. Check out the link because it gives a great basic overview of the device. (FYI: Our
devices are not through that company.)
While your point is good in intentions, there's some points I'd like to make.
--The problem I've experienced with habitual drunks on our program is that no matter how closely monitored they are (which is another beast
altogether due to recent budget cuts)
they are going to violate and will violate numerous times. Regardless to the fact that ANY alcohol in a
client's system is means for a violation of our rules, we can only sanction them so many times to our Work Program before we NEED to send them back
into custody for the remainder of their sentence.
It would be highly irresponsible for the unit as part of a law enforcement agency to know that we have clients who are habitual violators and have the
capacity to hurt or kill another person while in our custody due to their history of alcohol abuse.
--In regards to calling them after seeing they've gone over a certain MPH, I would recommend to throw that entire idea out, just gone with no looking
back. If we have a client whose got several DUIs (3+), then we know from their DMV history that 95% of the time they'll have a revoked license. So if
we found that they were driving at all, then we have the capacity to bring about new charges against them. We would be calling them anyway to see why
they're going anywhere if it's not during their free time or other scheduled and approved outings. And if there's no answer back from them in 2
hours after we left a message, we violate them.
--One of the best tools we have for DUI offenders that can still drive is the
DUI Ignition Lock (Example)
. It's the best way to completely stop
them from attempting to DUI.
The main purpose of allowing people who commit DUIs that are placed on alternative sentencing programs is to provide rehabilitation through AA classes
and treatment for their addictions without the need of keeping them in custody at the tax payer's expense. We really want
people to get
rehabilitated. There's nothing sadder than getting to know someone only because they're always committing a crime. I'm at 4 right now.
With this group of multiple DUI offenders, they are the people who have been through the system many times with the opportunities to bring their
problems under control yet still commit these crimes. It's clear that not only do they not care about themselves but they have complete disregard for
the people they love and the general public when they get behind a wheel drunk.
I'm angry at this situation in the OP because of the failures of the court system where these dangers to society are allowed by judges to walk free
(in the sense of an embarrassing sentence) only to commit "attempted murder" by again DUI. It only takes that one time...
And here's what ended up happening to the guy... 9 DUIs later...
Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating prison sentences to those that mess up that one time, because this can happen to anyone but this is a small
minority that puts society as a whole in danger due their disregard and they need to be locked up even if it means a life sentence to stop them. I
wouldn't rule out parole if they can be rehabilitated.