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STRUCTURE / MODE
The entire team and staff of the Baton Rouge City Sobriety Court
Program are dedicated to changing the behavior of repeat DWI
offenders who have been arrested two or more times for the offense
of DWI and others DWI offenders desiring to make a life change. The
history of DWI courts have proven to be a highly successful method
of dealing with repeat DWI offenders within a community, reducing
the number of repeat offenders, and reducing impaired driving
accidents and fatalities.
Baton Rouge City Sobriety Court is modeled after the highly successful Drug Court concept with
graduated sanctions and rewards system and adheres to ďThe Ten Guiding Principles of DWI Courts," adopted by the National Drug Court
Institute. Statistics show that the rate of recidivism after completing a Sobriety Court program is greatly reduced due to the
high level of accountability while participating in the program.
Participants are twenty percent less likely to re-offend. An initial requirement for acceptance is that an offender must enter
a guilty plea in his or her DWI case. At that time, they are placed on probation for a minimum of one year, required to comply with all
terms, conditions and requirements of the Sobriety Court Program. Participants must also comply with the minimum statutory
requirements of City of Baton Rouge Code of Ordinances Section 11:140.
Staffing and Participantís Progress
Each participantís progress will be reported to the entire Sobriety Court team through weekly team staffing meetings held prior to the status conference court proceeding. Detailed status reports are prepared and copied for the Judge and all team members to review as a part of the staffing process. A review of their treatment and overall program status will be discussed, along with any program violations and recommendations. The judge approves all rewards and sanctioning.
Offenders may be required to satisfy a portion of costs associated with the program, including an initial $50.00 application/assessment fee and $50.00 monthly compliance fees. Such fees may be waived by the Judge during the participation period based upon successful compliance and advancement among the phases. This program of rewards and sanctions has therapeutic benefits, allowing participants to be empowered having a sense of ownership through their steps of sobriety and recovery.