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Repeat Alcohol Offender Programs

How It Works

Transdermal Primer

With testing protocols set every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, SCRAM CAM is the most effective monitoring method for repeat alcohol offenders.

Resources for Lawmakers

Legislative Documents

Information for officials and courts considering a dedicated program to address DUI recidivism and alcohol-involved crime.

What Are Repeat Offender Programs?

Educational Resources

Learn what a program entails and view some sample resources to help your jurisdiction get started.


About Repeat Alcohol Offender Programs

Repeat Alcohol Offender Programs are innovative, local initiatives that are based on clear criteria, the use of continuous alcohol monitoring technology, and the collaborative efforts of law enforcement, judges, specialty courts, and probation/parole to curb alcohol-involved recidivism. These programs are tackling a variety of serious criminal behaviors, including repeat DUIs and domestic violence.

Case Study

California DUI Court Uses Technology to Lower Repeat Drunk Driving

Prior to 2008, San Joaquin County had one of the highest rates of DUI recidivism in California. Recognizing that placing DUI offenders on probation with little follow-up on their progress was not solving the problem, the county launched the San Joaquin DUI Monitoring Court (SJDMC) in 2008.

By integrating a variety of alcohol monitoring technologies with a track-based system, the SJDMC has reduced annual DUI arrests by 66% and alcohol-involved collisions by 46%.

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The Impact of Alcohol-Involved Crimes

While 2/3 of those arrested for drunk or impaired driving will commit only one offense, the rest will eventually reoffend. Alcohol-involved crimes not only present serious risks to the community, but also put a strain on the resources of law enforcement, courts, and community corrections.

  • About 1/3 of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders
  • 50-75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license
  • A person with at least one prior DUI/DWI offense is 4.1x more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash compared to first-time offenders
  • 80% of offenders abuse drugs or alcohol
  • Alcohol is a factor in about 40% of all violent crimes today
  • 37% of almost 2 million convicted offenders currently in jail reported that they were drinking at the time of their arrest

Program Model Spotlight

Turning the Tide on Repeat Drunk Driving

Under the Target 25 Program, those suspected of drunk driving with prior DUIs are immediately arrested and taken in for a blood-alcohol test and a bail hearing before a district judge. All repeat offenders require pretrial supervision using 24/7 continuous alcohol monitoring, unlike typical “catch and release” approaches.

Learn about the success of the Target 25 Program and how you can implement this program in your community.

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Implementation Guides

How to Create Your Own Program?

Building consistent criteria and processes are essential for a successful repeat offender program. These guides provide examples of how jurisdictions have created sustainable, outcome-driven programs to support long-term behavior change in repeat DUI and alcohol offenders.

Additional Resources



Key Contacts

Program Development

Jennifer Rankin
Program Development Manager
Tel: 636.357.6542


Alison Betts
Director of Marketing & Public Relations 
Tel: 303.785.7796