Here you will find summaries of some of the first 24/7 Sobriety Programs, and their success, including Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota 24/7 Programs, and Hawaii’s HOPE Program for drug offenders.
South Dakota Program – The Pioneer
South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety program was pioneered by former South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long. Special Attorney General Bill Mickelson assisted with development, implementation, and management of the project. Also visit the South Dakota Attorney General’s website for more information.
Montana 24/7 Sobriety Pilot Program
The State of Montana announced its decision to create a pilot sobriety management program starting in May of 2010. The program was initiated in Lewis and Clark County (where state capitol Helena is located), and involves the Lewis and Clark County sheriff’s office, the Montana Highway Patrol, and city and county attorneys. In January, 2011, a bill (House Bill 106) to create a statewide 24/7 sobriety program was passed with support from both Democratic and Republican members of the Montana legislature. In late 2011, the statewide implementation of the 24/7 program was spearheaded by the Attorney General’s office. As of the first part of 2014, there are programs in counties that represent more than 70% of the state’s population.
Nebraska – Douglas County 24/7 Sobriety Program
In mid-summer 2014, Douglas County (Omaha) instituted a 24/7 program through their Department of Corrections. After several moths of getting familiar with the program, a commitment has been made to start to grow the program.
Nevada – Washoe County Sober 24 Program
After attending the 24/7 Summit in Big Sky, MT in late 2015, Washoe County and Reno Justice Court instituted their Sober 24 Program. The Sober 24 Program is a twenty-four hour, seven day a week monitoring program in which a participant submits to the testing of their blood, breath, urine or other bodily substances in order to determine the presence of alcohol or any controlled substance in their body. The program can be used pre-trial and post-conviction. The goal of the Sober 24 Program is to combat the role that alcohol or drug abuse plays in crime and criminal recidivism, particularly for drunk and drugged driving. The program quickly grew to over 100 clients and has since acquired space to expand.
Washington – Centralia Police Department 24/7 Program
The Centralia Police Department began participating in the original 24/7 Sobriety program, with the help of WASPC, in March 2014. It has produced a model program for Washington’s effort to expand the 24/7 statewide.
Participants in the program, who have been arrested on charges of driving under the influence, are required to check in with the police department twice a day — in the morning and evening — for a breath test to confirm that they haven’t had any alcohol. The program is a condition of release from jail, both pre- and post-conviction, imposed on qualifying DUI offenders by Centralia Municipal Court.
Hawaii’s Hope Program
Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (HOPE), launched in October of 2004, provides swift, certain, consistent and proportionate consequences to probationers. The results of a study of HOPE participants and control group participants showed that those participating in the HOPE program tested positive for drugs 72% less often, and missed appointments 61% less often. The HOPE study group was arrested for new crimes and had their probation revoked half as often. As a result, they served or sere sentenced to 48% fewer days in state prision (according to the Minnesota Law Review, May 2015, Volume 99.5 – HOPE Probation and the New Drug Court: A Powerful Combination).