NPAMC 5: A Groundbreaking Meeting

On June 18, 2010, the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime (NPAMC) held its most important meeting to-date: NPAMC 5: The Call to Justice and Model Programs. The meeting focused on four “Smart Justice” model programs, all comprised of a number of proven, evidence-based tools and tactics that are designed to simultaneously reduce crime, rehabilitate those offenders who are amenable to change, and save tax dollars. A key component of each of these programs is that they address offenders’ underlying alcohol addictions by:

  • Prohibiting offenders with alcohol misuse issues from drinking while on community supervision
  • Treating them
  • Monitoring them vigorously for use
  • Punishing all violations with swift, certain, and meaningful sanctions (typically a night or two in jail)

The meeting, held in Washington, D.C., was co-sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), and the Institute for Behavior and Health (IBH). It featured nationally known speakers and programs, including:

  • Dr. Robert L. DuPont, former United States Drug Chief and the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem
  • Carson Fox, chief operating officer for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • Judge Steve Alm, former United States Attorney for Honolulu
  • Internationally known traffic safety expert Robert Voas, a senior researcher with the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation

These renowned presenters covered the Four Model Programs in the Smart Justice program in detail. And lastly, after two years of quarterly meetings, bringing the Participating Organizations together to focus on the consensus points that will help drive systemic change, we began the process of building a Call to Justice, which embodies the key elements of all of NPAMC’s Consensus Statements and serves as a mission statement and rallying cry for all stakeholders in the issue of Alcohol Misuse and Crime.

The meeting was a great success. Over 70 leaders from Federal, state, and local agencies; non-profit organizations; special interest groups’ think tanks, and private companies attended the event.

For more information on NPAMC 5 and the work that’s been done to-date, contact Stephen K. Talpins.