Alternative Sanctions to Incarceration for Alcohol-Related Offenses


Tuesday, February 1, 2022
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Data demonstrates the cost of treatment is approximately 1/5th of the cost of incarceration. When substance abuse is a factor, effective probation and parole practices can assist with breaking the cycle of addiction and mental illness in a restorative justice approach. Delivering evidenced based treatment and utilizing portable alcohol monitoring tools allow offenders to maintain interaction with their families, communities and maintain employment. This approach allows the individual a better chance to make a positive impact to society. During this panel, Henry County State Court representatives will discuss how they have incorporated various tools to boost their participants success. Attendees will walk away with the following objectives: 1. Alternative tools in the toolbox to monitor clients during probation and parole. 2. In some cases, alternatives to incarceration are better for the offender, victim, and the public. 3. Various combinations of treatment, community service, community supervision, and substance abuse monitoring are useful in supervising offenders and assist with the overcrowding of prisons. 4. Understanding recent studies concerning how effective supervision assist with the reduction in the overall recidivism rate. In addition to managing the growing prison population, this approach eventually has a broader public safety impact by addressing the causes of crime. 5. Understand how Henry County State Court has worked to achieve a 95% success rate within their Accountability Court by utilizing various treatment approaches and monitoring tools.


Carl Brown
Director, Henry County Sentence Enforcement

Carl Brown currently serves as the Director of Probation for Henry County Sentence Enforcement. In this role, Carl is responsible for the day-to day management of court supervision for individuals placed on misdemeanor probation by the Superior, State and Magistrate Courts in Henry County. The department serves approximately 2,500 cases on an average daily basis. Prior to his appointment as the first Director for the counties newly created Probation Department, Carl served 30 years with the Department of Juvenile Justice where he retired in April 2016. He held several positions during his tenure with the Department of Juvenile where he began his service to the agency as a Juvenile Probation Officer. He went on to serve in various capacities to include Senior Probation Officer, Juvenile Program Manager, Multi-Service Center Manager, District Director and Regional Administrator. In 2011, Carl was appointed Deputy Commissioner with the Department of Juvenile Justice for the Community Supervision Division. He was responsible for all field based supervision of juvenile offenders throughout the state and played a key role in Juvenile Justice Reform initiatives for the agency under Governor Deal’s Criminal Justice Reform legislation. He concluded his tenure with the agency as Special Assistant to the Commissioner where he led transitional planning of select juvenile offenders to the newly created Department of Community Supervision. Carl is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, Georgia Chiefs of Police Association, Georgia Professional Association of Community Supervision, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and a Lifetime Member of the Georgia Juvenile Services Association where in 2015 he was awarded the distinguished Harold K. Ables Award for his contributions in the field of Juvenile Justice. Carl holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University and a Master’s Degree in Management from Troy State University.

David Brown
Judge, Henry County State Court

David B. Brown is currently a State Court Judge in Henry County. Prior to being elected to the state court bench in July of 2018, he served as a part-time Magistrate Court Judge in Henry County for 10 years. David was also a partner at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law from 1990 until he took the bench full-time as a State Court Judge on January 1, 2019. David has also been serving as the DUI and Drug Court Judge in Henry County since March 1, 2019, where he continues to help people overcome their addiction to alcohol and drugs. As a State Court Judge David takes pride in serving the citizens of Henry County, where he continues to respect all people while at the same time respecting the law and the constitution. David is a current member of the Henry County Bar Association, the Georgia Counsel of State Court Judges, the Georgia Counsel of Accountability Court Judges, and a previous member of the Clayton County Bar Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. David attends Community Christian Church in McDonough, Georgia. He is a volunteer with Compassion International, and also an active mentor in the Henry County School System. David has 3 children,1 grandson, and enjoys playing tennis, golf, traveling, and working out. David was admitted to practice in the following courts. All state and Local Municipal Courts within the State of Georgia. Courts of Appeals for the State of Georgia; admitted May 21, 1991. Supreme Court of State of Georgia; admitted May 21, 1991. United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; admitted May 21, 1991. Education & Credentials Mercer University; 1983-1987; BA in Political Science Walter F. George School of Law (Mercer Law School); 1987-1990; Juris Doctorate Bar Admissions: 1990, Atlanta, Georgia

Lisa King
DUI Court Coordinator, Henry County State Court

Lisa King currently serves as the DUI Court Coordinator for the State Court of Henry County. In this role she is responsible for the coordination of all treatment and accountability components associated with the program to ensure program compliance. Ms. King is also responsible for establishing community collaboratives in order to secure supportive services for a program that boasts over a 90 percent success rate since program inception. She has served in this role since October 2018. Her service to the courts began in August 2009 as a Deputy Clerk II with the State Court of Henry County. From this position, she went on to provide executive support to the Honorable Jason T. Harper with the State Court of Henry County. Ms. King’s service to the courts of Henry County spans over more than 12 years. Ms. Kings call to serve others began in 1999 as an Intake Coordinator for Clayton County Behavioral Health Center.

Jessica Rocker
Technology Solutions Manager, Smart Start Inc.

EXPERIENCE SMART START, LLC. - GEORGIA 2017-CURRENT As the National Solutions Manager for Smart Start, LLC, Jessica acts as a conduit to foster communication between various agencies and groups regarding the use of alcohol monitoring technology. EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA BA HISTORY/PRE-LAW W.E.B. DUBOIS HONORS RECIPIENT COMMUNICATION Jessica has presented to some of the most influential communities in Georgia including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers, clinical evaluators, DUI school administrators, law enforcement officials, state officials and other groups who are vested in road safety and assisting individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder. LEADERSHIP PTA Member, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Troop Leader, Former member of the Juvenile Justice Fund’s Coalition Against Sex Trafficking.

Mark Stodola
Probation Fellow, American Probation and Parole Association

As National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Probation Fellow, Mark Stodola brings over 30 years of experience working in the field of court management and adult probation in Arizona. Mark worked at the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department for 18 years serving in a number of capacities including division director overseeing drug and alcohol treatment programs, problem solving courts and services for the mentally ill. Mark later became the Court Administrator of the Tempe Municipal Court where he served for eight years managing the day to day activities of the court. Most recently Mark served as Program Services Manager in the Adult Probation Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court where he had oversight of treatment programs for Arizona’s Adult Probation Departments. Mark has presented training on topics surrounding high risk drunk drivers at national, regional and state conferences throughout the country. Mark also is an adjunct instructor at Arizona State University. Mark received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. Mark became a Graduate Fellow through the National Council of State Courts Institute of Court Management.