Community Supervision of Impaired Driving Offenders
Contracting Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has entered into a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to conduct a project on the community supervision of impaired driver offenders. The purpose of the 3-year project is to develop recommended guidelines and protocols for the community supervision of offenders accused or found guilty of driving while impaired (DWI) by alcohol or other drugs. The goal of the project is to reduce DWI recidivism through improved community supervision of pre- and post- trial DWI offenders.
The initial stage of this three-phase project will be to gather information on current community corrections policies and practices for the supervision of pre-trial defendants or convicted offenders. This will be accomplished through a comprehensive literature review to identify previously researched supervision challenges, effective strategies, and model programs; the administration of an online data gathering instrument; and telephone interviews.
When the data gathering process is complete, and all data have been entered into the database, trends and exceptions will be identified. The data will be scoured to discover exceptional practices, particularly those that seem to be especially effective or promising. Staff of selected programs will be asked to take part in a telephone interview to define specific practices in more detail and will attempt to obtain further understanding of the program’s success.
During the second stage of the project, data gathered from the compiled information will be used to prepare a document that will outline guidelines and model protocols for the effective community supervision of impaired driver offenders. The document will outline recommended program principles and procedures and will be illustrated with case studies on specific, proactive programs. The final project stage will involve disseminating as much information as possible about the guidelines and protocols for supervision of impaired driver offenders.
Tracy G. Mullins
Senior Research Associate
American Probation and Parole Association
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578–1910
Phone: (859) 244-8215
Fax: (859) 244-8001