September 2011 National Briefs

American Probation and Parole Association

  • In partnership with the Corrections Online Training Collaborative, the American Probation and Parole Association is offering online training to its members and constituents. More information can be found on the APPA website.

Congress

  • On July 19, 2011, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on drug and veterans treatment courts and took testimony from ONDCP Deputy Director Benjamin Tucker, actor Martin Sheen, Judge Jeanne LaFazia, and Dr. Douglas Marlowe. View the webcast.

Council of State Governments

  • The Council of State Governments (CSG) helped the legislature in North Carolina draft a series of comprehensive justice reform bills that passed in 2011 (most notably, HB 642).
  • CSG also met with practitioners and stakeholders in Ohio and drafted a report assessing the state’s criminal justice system. Based on CSG’s recommendations, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a comprehensive reform package (HB 86). See the September 2011 State Briefs for further information on the new laws.

Department of Justice

  • The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs and Bureau of Justice Assistance issued a FY2011 Competitive Grant Announcement providing funding for a Demonstration Field Experiment (DFE) of the Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Program. DOJ will choose up to four sites for the project.

Friends of HOPE

  • The Friends of HOPE is a Hawaii based 501©(3) non-profit organization that supports the state’s Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program. Learn more about HOPE probation and the Friends of HOPE at http://www.hopeprobation.org/.

Governors Highway Safety Association

  • The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is hosting its Annual Meeting September 25-28, 2011, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Institute for Behavior and Health

  • The Institute for Behavior and Health (IBH) honored White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske for his leadership in reducing drugged driving.
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse released an IBH White Paper on drugged driving. Download it here.

Multijuridictional Counterdrug Task Force Training

  • Multijuridictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTF), a partnership between the Florida National Guard and St. Petersburg College, produced and released a video entitled, Drugged Driving: The Hidden Dangers in June 2011. NPAMC Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Talpins participated in the telecast.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) a $1.1 million grant to provide technical assistance and other supports to state agencies addressing alcohol and drug abuse. More information.
  • NASADAD is hosting the 24th Annual National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference September 20-23, 2011.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals

  • The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) hosted its 17th Annual Drug Court Training Conference July 17-20, 2011. More information about the conference and access to conference materials are now available.
  • NADCP also released a response to the Justice Policy Institute and Drug Policy Alliance’s attacks on drug courts. NPAMC recognizes NADCP’s programs (including drug and DWI courts) as national models.

National Center for DWI Courts

  • The National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are accepting applications for FY 2012’s DWI Court training. For those submitting through their respective state’s Highway Safety Office (HFO), the deadline is Friday, September 16, 2011. For all others, the deadline is Monday, October 3, 2011.

National Criminal Justice Association

  • The National Criminal Justice Association held the 2011 National Forum on Criminal Justice and Public Safety July 31 through August 2, 2011.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • The National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) released the” 2009 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment”:http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811363.pdf highlighting 2009 traffic fatalities and injuries. Among other information, the report provides data on alcohol-impaired driving fatalities for each state.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded the RAND Corporation a grant to evaluate the South Dakota 24-7 Sobriety Program. Dr. Beau Kilmer is the principal investigator.

National Sheriffs’ Association

  • NPAMC requested that the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) endorsed the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Project. In June 2011, the NSA passed a resolution endorsing the program and granting NPAMC a license to use a special NSA Endorsed logo in support of the program.

National Transportation Safety Board

  • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its annual list of the 10 most wanted safety issues impacting transportation in the United States. NTSB Board Member Dr. Mark Rosekind called for a comprehensive approach. NTSB recommended “assess[ing] offenders for underlying alcohol problems, requir[ing] appropriate treatment, and hold[ing] them accountable for behavioral change. Assessment and treatment must be combined with vehicle sanctions that separate individuals from their vehicles or prevent them from operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. To reduce recidivism, the use of jail alternatives should be expanded to include dedicated jail/treatment facilities, home detention with electronic monitoring, or intensive supervision probation.”

Office of National Drug Control Policy

  • The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the 2011 National Drug Control Strategy on July 11, 2011. The office continues to support prison and community based rehabilitation and monitoring programs.

Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation

  • NHSTA and the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (PIRE) released their long anticipated study of three Georgia DWI courts. PIRE found that DWI court participants recidivated 38% less often than a Contemporary Group of offenders and 65% less often than a Retrospective Group. The results were particularly compelling because the study included al DWI court participants, including those who “failed” the program. PIRE estimated that the three courts prevented between 47 and 112 arrests during the four year study period.

Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) released a report in April 2011 that provides a fresh and comprehensive review of recidivism in America.

RAND Corporation

  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism awarded the RAND Corporation a grant to evaluate the South Dakota 24-7 Sobriety Program. Dr. Beau Kilmer is the lead researcher.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Century Council

  • In celebration of 20 years of progress, The Century Council (TCC) names 20 People to Watch.
  • TCC is partnering with the Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, on a project to expand and test a Computerized Assessment and Referral System for DUI offenders. Learn more.

Traffic Injury Research Foundation

Vera Institute

  • The Vera Institute partnered with the Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project and successfully lobbied for passage of several justice reform bills in Louisiana. See State Briefs below for information on the new laws.