In 2011, York County, PA Court of Common Pleas Judge John S. Kennedy identified some startling trends in the county:
Judge Kennedy began working with officials throughout the county, and cooperatively they implemented the country’s first Target 25 program. This innovative, locally-driven program has turned the tide on repeat drunk driving in York County.
York County, PA’s Target 25 Program relies on technology and the collaborative efforts of the district attorney’s office, local law enforcement, judges, the county’s DUI Court, and probation/parole to curb repeat drunk driving.
Under the leadership of Judge Kennedy, York County’s judges, the district attorney’s office, local law enforcement, probation/parole, and local SCRAM provider Vigilnet worked cooperatively to develop the Target 25 program, which fundamentally changed the way DUI cases are handled.
Under Target 25, law enforcement officers run a records check during every drunk driving stop. Suspects with prior DUIs are immediately arrested and taken for a blood-alcohol test and a bail hearing before a district judge. In contrast to typical “catch and release” approaches or traditional bail requirements, Target 25 requires pretrial supervision and 24/7 Continuous Alcohol Monitoring for all repeat DUI offenders.
To learn more, download this Target 25 Implementation Guide, developed in cooperation with York County officials.
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