Study shows 24/7 Sobriety Program in South Dakota works

2012-12-10T14:51:00Z Study shows 24/7 Sobriety Program in South Dakota worksThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 10, 2012 2:51 pm  • 

PIERRE | Attorney General Marty Jackley says a new report is further evidence that South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program is working.

The program was started in 2005, giving people convicted of alcohol-related crimes a chance to stay out of jail as long as they stay sober. They're monitored twice-daily for alcohol use.

Jackley says results from a Mountain Plains Evaluation study show that less than 1 percent of about 1 million test results studied were recorded as either "failed" or a "no show."

Another recent independent study concluded that the sobriety program has reduced repeat cases of driving under the influence by 12 percent and domestic violence rates by 9 percent.

The program has expanded to include alcohol-monitoring bracelets and interlock devices installed on vehicle ignition systems.

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    shunkaska - December 10, 2012 4:34 pm
    If you were a patient and your Dr said you had a 9 or 12% chance of survival, you would start making plans for your funeral. I have 24 yrs sobriety and 10% is a number used for a long time for those that quit drinking will stay sober for a yr....the 24/7 program is having the same effect, 8 out of 10 it doesn't work, yet they think its working? Reduced by 12% and domestic violance 9%.......put them in jails for many yrs than we can talk about 100% repeat cases, the question is what cost are you willing to pay for, this 9-12% or lock people up for long sentances?
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