on Impaired driving
Supervision of DUI Offenders
The effective supervision of persons convicted of DUI in Wyoming is a priority concern for the Governor's Council. The Council is in the process of exploring the feasibility of implementing a program that has been highly successful in our neighbor state of South Dakota. This program began in South Dakota and has subsequently been implemented in many states across the country. This program is known as South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program.
The 24/7 Sobriety Program is a court-based management program originally designed for repeat Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenders. The 24/7 Sobriety Project sets the standard of no use of alcohol and no use of illegal drugs as a condition of continuing to drive and remaining in the community, rather than being incarcerated.
This standard is enforced by intensive monitoring by law enforcement agencies with alcohol and drug testing mandated for each participant. Violation of program rules leads to immediate and usually brief incarceration of the offender. This combination of a strict monitoring and a no-use standard with swift, certain, and meaningful, but usually not severe, consequences has been extremely successful.
This progressive program received the prestigious John P. McGovern Award for Innovation in Drug Abuse Prevention from the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., on June 30, 2009 in Washington, D.C. and most recently an award from the National Highway Traffic Administration Award for Public Service. The 24/7 Sobriety Project:
• Reduces recidivism;
• Improves public safety;
• Serves as an alternative to incarceration that reduces the number of people in local jails
and state prisons;
• Allows offenders to remain in the community with their family and friends;
• Permits offenders to maintain employment;
• Saves tax dollars because most monitoring costs are paid by the offenders and because
offenders are being diverted from jail and prison where appropriate.
A Priority Issue/On-site Visit
Bill Mickelson, the person responsible for implementing the program in South Dakota, made a special presentation to the Council's DUI Supervision subcommittee on February 24, 2012, as well an additional presentation to the full Council on April 26, 2012. Mr. Bill Mickelson has pledged continuing assistance to the Council in its efforts to implement a similar program in Wyoming. He helped establish 24/7 statewide programs in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana. He currently has pilot programs going in Missouri, Alaska, Arkansas and Wisconsin...and has programs pending in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Hawaii.
Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips has made the implementation of the 24/7 Sobriety program in Wyoming a priority objective of his office.
Members of the Council travelled to Rapid City, South Dakota to observe the program "in action" during the spring of 2013. The Council is also actively recruiting communities in Wyoming to implement "pilot programs" to help assess the program's effectiveness in Wyoming.
24/7 Sobriety Project
Programs Currently in Operation
In 2016, Sweetwater County became the first County in the State of Wyoming to implement the 24/7 Sobriety Program. Natrona and Campbell Counties have also implemented the program and are operational at this time. Laramie, Albany, and Fremont counties are currently in the process of implementing the program.
The Rand Corporation has just completed the first of a three-year evaluation of the 24/7 Program in South Dakota. More than 25,000 offenders have participated in the program since its inception in 2005. The study focused on 17,000 offenders that participated in the program between 2005 to 2010 and the results have been positive. The state experienced a 12% reduction in repeat DUI arrests and a 9% reduction in domestic violence arrests during that period of time.
Click HERE to download a short summary of the Rand Corporation study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
CLICK HERE to go to http://www.24x7sober.com/ for a detail description of the program - along with research/data/analysis
CLICK HERE to download an informational brochure about the 24/7 Program
Click HERE to read a full review and summary of South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Project by the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime
Click HERE to read a Summary Report of South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Project
Click HERE to view South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Project Website: http://apps.sd.gov/atg/dui247/index.htm
Click HERE to view the State of Montana's 24/7 Sobriety Project Website https://doj.mt.gov/247-sobriety-program/
Governor Mead signs the bill establishing the 24/7 Sobriety Program in Wyoming. Present at the signing is (from left to right) Brian Kozak - Cheyenne Chief of Police, Leland Christensen - Wyoming Legislature, Danny Glick - Laramie County Sheriff and Mike Reed - Governor's Policy Advisor on Impaired Driving