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Heritage Foundation Event, Thursday, August 21: 24/7 Sobriety and HOPE Programs

We want to bring to your attention an event that the Heritage Foundation will hold on Thursday, August 21, at 12 noon Eastern on the 24/7 Sobriety and HOPE programs. Judge Steven Alm, the founder of Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program, Judge Larry Long of South Dakota, founder of the 24/7 Sobriety project, and Robert DuPont, a former Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will discuss two creative—and successful—new state programs to deal with alcohol abuse, illicit drug use, and crime.

We hope that you will be able to attend the event in person.  If not, you can view the event online through the events page.


Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies


24/7 Sobriety and HOPE  

Creative Ways to Address Substance Use and Alcohol Abuse


The Honorable Larry Long

Circuit Judge, Second Judicial Circuit, South Dakota, and Founder of 24/7 Sobriety

The Honorable Steven S. Alm

Circuit Judge, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Founder of Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement

Robert L. DuPont, M.D.

Former Director, National Institute for Drug Abuse;
Founding President, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.;
and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Hosted by

Paul J. Larkin, Jr.

Senior Legal Research Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

State officials in South Dakota and Hawaii have found a creative way to address alcohol use, drug use, and crime. The South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety program and Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) project combine an old criminological theory with modern technology. Believing that certainty and celerity in punishment are more important than severity and using a rigorous alcohol-testing regimen, South Dakota has made strides toward the reduction of problem drinking.  Hawaii has independently developed and followed a similar approach to the use of drugs and crime, subjecting particular offenders to frequent but random drug urinalysis punished by the certain imposition of a modest stint in jail for those who fail those tests. Both programs have proved successful and cost-effective. These two programs achieve three elusive goals in criminal justice system reform: reduce substance use, reduce criminal recidivism and reduce incarceration.  This model has wide applicability within community corrections.  Those creative approaches deserve serious consideration as effective and humane ways to address the grim problems that alcohol- and drug-abusers pose for themselves, victims, and society.

The founders of those programs, along with one of the nation’s preeminent figures in addiction treatment, will discuss the effectiveness of 24/7 Sobriety and HOPE.

Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 12:00 noon 

The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium

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24/7 Sobriety and HOPE

Dear Sirs :
I have a suggestion to help control alchahol abuse.
I beleive that a person caught and convicted of driving while drunk should be required to spend a small amount of time in jail for first offense. I would require such convictees to be incarcerated for one to two weeks in their county jail. I'd let them select the dates of their mandatory jail time. Most, i beleive, would pick the week(s) of their vacation from their jobs. I'd let them have up to six months to select when they'd spend their time in jail. This would give them plenty of time to think about their offense. I'd also create a seperate type of status for first offenders. Instead of Misdemeanor or Felony, i think they should be called Miscreant and their conviction kept secret so as to not destroy their employment status. I think mercy with mandatory jail time would go a long way to helping these people realize they can't buy (pay fines) their way out of jail.
Second time offenders within say three years would receive double the time in jail. Such person could lose all his vacation time and perhaps even a week into his next year's vacation time.
Third time offenders four times the jail time and so on until the repetitive incorrageable offender removes himself from society after several receipts of mercy.
I beleive that the key is the mandatoryness of jail time. I wouldn't let even first time offenders off the hook by paying fines. The certainty of incarceration would, i beleive, have a powerful impact. But i also beleive my proposal is far more merciful than existing law, even with the mandatory jail time. I don't think the amount of time matters as much as the certainty of incarceraton does. And, i think that mercy has a value to cause the convictee have more respect for the criminal system. Mandatory means equality. I've seen too many "rich brats" get off lightly while those of lesser means don't. this inequality breads contempt and anger and disrespect for the judicial system. Both the kid that gets off with a fine and the one who gets severe jail time both lose respect for the system and both become contempt for the system.