Due Process: Unscrambling SCRAM

At the American Academy of Forensic Science’s 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, Washington earlier this year, Gil Sapir and Donald J. Ramsell, co-authored and presented, Due Process: Unscrambling SCRAM.

The authors suggested to the forensic science community that the “use of convenient biomonitoring devices should not usurp scientific accuracy and reliability in the judicial process.”

The presentation was insightful and raised some interesting points to consider for those interested in the testing methodology.

Is addiction a brain disease? Should an addict’s relapse be punished with a criminal sanction?

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ highest court, Julie Eldred is challenging a condition of her probation.  Are sanctions for positive drug tests a cruel and unusual punishment for a person with a substance abuse disorder?

Jan Hoffman wrote a piece in the NY Times, She Went to Jail for a Drug Relapse. Tough Love or Too Harsh that reviews this pivotal case.

NHTSA Releases Final Rule for Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Grant Program

NHTSA FR 2018

January 2018

The National Highway Traffic  Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT) published the final rule. The final rule makes changes and clarifications  to the revised uniform procedures implementing State highway safety grant programs in response to comments received on the interim final rule published  May 23, 2016.

The final rule is effective 30 DAYS FROM DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER.

24-7 Sobriety Programs Grants

The IFR implemented  the statutory requirement  that States meet two separate requirements  for a 24-7 sobriety grant.  The first requirement  mandates that a State enact and enforce a law that requires all individuals  convicted of driving under the influence  of alcohol or of driving while  intoxicated  to receive a restriction on driving privileges  for at least 30 days.  The second requirement  mandates that a State provide a 24-7 sobriety program.

For more information, access the Final Rule through link above…

Iowa Chooses a Data Management System for their statewide 24/7 Program

Iowa moves forward with Statewide 24/7 Program

Iowa Continues Effort Towards a Statewide 24/7 Program

Jan 2018

After a competitive bid process, the State of Iowa has selected a web-based data management system for their statewide 24/7 Sobriety Program.

Administrative rules are being finalized now.

Indications are that Woodbury County (Sioux City), will be the first county in the State to implement the program in 2018.

Wyoming Governor Awards Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office for 24/7 Sobriety Program

Governor Matt Mead recently presented a special Leadership Award to Sheriff Mike Lowell and the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office.

The award is from the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving (GCID) and recognizes the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office “leadership and determined efforts” in being the first county in Wyoming to implement the 24/7 Sobriety Program.

Read More:    http://www.sweetwaternow.com/sweetwater-county-sheriffs-office-receives-special-award1/