June 2013 National Briefs

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

  • APPA has also issued a Call for Presenters for the 2014 Winter Training Institute to be held in Houston, Texas, January 12-15, 2014. The underlying goal of this training institute is to provide participants with workshop opportunities that emphasize skill-building, increase relevant competencies and enhance overall career development. Because of this, preference will be given to workshop proposals that provide evidence of skill-building for participants (i.e., activities, audience participation, practicing new skills) as well as new research for the field of community corrections.

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

  • BJA is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource for the field—the BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets. The fact sheets provide a snapshot of state and territory statistics related to BJA investments, Byrne JAG Program highlights, crime trends, and related criminal justice information. BJA hopes these fact sheets will be useful to criminal justice agencies, as they can easily obtain and reference criminal justice data from state to state for a variety of purposes.

Congress

  • The late Senator Frank Lautenberg and Senator Tom Udall reintroduced DDROP, the Drunk Driving Repeat Offender Prevention Act of 2013. This legislation would encourage states to require an ignition interlock for a minimum of six months for all drunk driving offenders. States that don’t comply by 2016 would face a reduction in their federal transportation funding.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)

  • NADCP CEO West Huddleston joined Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Kerlikowske, Actor Matthew Perry, and Interventionist Earl Hightower for a lengthy roundtable discussion with senior White House staff in the Roosevelt Room of the West Wing. The NADCP coalition briefed key members of the White House staff on the efficacy of Drug Courts across the country, outlined the need for expansion of Drug, DWI and Veterans Treatment Courts and demonstrated how Drug Courts are on the front lines of the battle against prescription drug abuse.
  • NADCP is also set to hold it’s 19th Annual Training Conference July 14 – 17, 2013 in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Join over 4,000 treatment court professionals at the world’s largest conference on substance abuse, mental health and the criminal justice system!

National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

NCSC, in conjunction with the International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT), is set to host the 6th Annual International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary November 3-7, 2013 in Washington, DC. If you’d like to submit a proposal for a paper or a conference education presentation related to improving the administration of justice by means of effective and innovative judicial education, you can find details and submission instructions here.

Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP)

The Century Council

  • April was Alcohol Awareness month and The Century Council launched their campaign theme, “Join the Conversation.” Their goal was to ignite one million conversations. Focusing on social media, The Century Council used Twitter, Facebook, and their network or followers to help join the conversation about drunk driving and underage drinking. The Century Council garnered over 4 million impressions via Facebook, reaching 1.8 million users with over 3,200 likes, clicks, comments and shares.
  • In conjunction with Alcohol Awareness month, The Century Council also re-launched an interactive only program, “B4Udrink”, offering the latest available science to estimate an individual’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Specifically, The B4UDrink Educator is an interactive program which educates the user about how alcohol consumption affects an individual’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. The program allows users to estimate their BAC level based on gender, weight, age, the type and number of drinks consumed, and time elapsed at the Virtual Bar.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) presented 14 individuals and organizations with the agency’s top public service award for their tireless efforts in advancing highway safety throughout the country. The awards were presented at the Lifesavers Conference on April 15, 2015 in Denver, CO. Visit NHTSA’s press release for a complete listing of the criminal justice and law enforcement recipients.
  • The 2013 National Labor Day Weekend Drunk Driving Prevention Crackdown is already underway. Visit the Traffic Safety Marketing site to learn how you can help!
  • NHTSA also released two new publications:
    • Challenges and Defenses II – Claims and responses to common challenges and defenses in driving while impaired cases.
    • Increasing Impaired-Driving Enforcement Visibility: Six Case Studies – Each case study includes discussion of the HVE program’s history, enforcement strategies, visibility elements, operation, resources, use of media, educational components, funding, support from political leaders and the community, barriers encountered, and strengths of the program.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

  • On the 25th anniversary (May 14, 2013) of the nation’s deadliest drunk-driving crash, which killed 24 children and three adults in Carrollton, Ky., the National Highway Traffic Safety Board’s (NTSB) five-member board voted unanimously to issue strong recommendations to put the United States on course to reach zero alcohol-impaired driving crashes. The most notable recommendation is to reduce the maximum Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) from 0.08 BAC to 0.05 BAC in all 50 states. The 19 recommendations call for stronger laws, swifter enforcement, and expanded use of technology. The recommendations also recognize the effectiveness of DWI Courts and 24/7 Sobriety Programs.

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center

We Save Lives (WSL)

  • Led by MADD founder Candace Lightner, We Save Lives is a new non-profit that campaigns with other organizations, business entities and individuals who are concerned with drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. As a representative voice on highway safety issues, We Save Lives aims to work at the national, state and local levels utilizing policy development, targeted advocacy, outreach and educational efforts to change driving behavior. Their sole mission is to save lives by promoting responsible driving.