Las Vegas Justice Court Receives Grant for DUI Treatment Program

Las Vegas Justice Court received a $58,951 grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety for its 2022 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Treatment Court program.

Established in 2003, the specialty DUI Treatment Court offers a comprehensive treatment program for repeat misdemeanor DUI offenders. While under the Court’s supervision, the program requires that participants attend treatment services and be randomly tested for alcohol and/or drugs throughout their time in the program. Program participants are held accountable through the use of alcohol/drug monitoring technology, GPS tracking, breath interlock devices and the use of timely and appropriate sanctions for non-compliance.

“Through the support of the Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, the DUI Treatment Court program remains available in our community,” said Judge Cynthia Cruz. “Our goal is to identify those who have substance abuse disorders as an underlying cause for their involvement in the criminal justice system and to decrease the number of DUI repeat offenders. The program is both challenging and rewarding to those who complete it and graduate and has a great track record of success.”

The program was redesigned in July of 2019 to meet national DUI Treatment Court standards. Its main objective is to move impaired drivers, with more than one DUI arrest, into treatment programs to help break their DUI recidivism. Last year 68 people participated in the program with a retention rate of 73 percent and recidivism rate of 1 percent, which supports the effectiveness of the program. Those who fail the program are sentenced to their jail sentence. Of the 68 people who graduated the program in the past year, only 2 re-offended with a new DUI arrest, yielding the 1 percent recidivism rate.

This grant allows for the continued placement of one Specialty Courts Coordinator for the program and for two team members to attend the National Association of Drug Court Professionals annual conference. The coordinator’s duties include screening defendants to ensure they meet program admission criteria, evaluating participants for substance abuse, mental illness and other issues that require clinical treatment. The coordinator also oversees case management services, referring participants to appropriate types of care and community resources, and tracking and monitoring new program participants, successful graduates, and unsuccessful terminations.                                                                                                                               ###

Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.