November 10, 2009

November Meeting Highlights

Sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the November meeting of NPAMC is the fourth in a series designed to research and evaluate key elements of successful alcohol offender management programs and develop best-practice models for justice agencies. November’s meeting focused on the development of consensus statements regarding accountability, sanctions, monitoring, and risk assessment relative to offenders who misuse alcohol. Over 70 “alcohol misuse and crime stakeholders” listened and provided comment as speakers covered the following topics:

The Agenda & Presentations

Alcohol Misuse and Crime: Update on Federal Reporting
Michael D. Sinclair, Acting Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics
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Therapeutic Justice: Outshouting the Noise
The Honorable Linda Chezem, Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals (Ret.) and Professor, Purdue University
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Principles of Accountability and Contingency Management
Stephen Wing, Associate Administrator for Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Key Issues Facing Probation and Parole
Carl Wicklund, Executive Director, American Probation and Parole Association
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The Future of DIRECT Surveillance
Dr. Beau Kilmer, Co-Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center
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Alcohol Monitoring Technologies and Methods
Robyn Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, Traffic Injury Research Foundation
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Panel Discussion: Alcohol Monitoring Technologies
Debra Coffey, Vice President of Government Affairs, SmartStart View Presentation »
Rankine Forrester, Chief Executive Officer, Intoximeters View Presentation »
Mike Iiams, Chief Executive Officer, Alcohol Monitoring Systems View Presentation »

In addition to the featured speakers and panel discussion, roundtable discussions were conducted to review the draft consensus statements relating to accountability, sanctions, monitoring, and risk assessment:

  • Therapeutic jurisprudence and risk management
  • The value of supervision and community corrections
  • The principles of accountability and contingency management
  • The role of alcohol monitoring in alcohol offender management programs

NPAMC’s next meeting, which will be held in the March/April timeframe, will turn ideas into action! Specifically, NPAMC will develop and promote workable solutions that will benefit the entire U.S. criminal justice system to help improve public safety, reduce recidivism, and change lives for offenders who misuse alcohol. From consensus statements to implementable programs, NPAMC and its participating organizations are driving to bring systemic change in the way the criminal justice system manages alcohol-involved offenders.