MANDATED AA ATTENDANCE FOR RECIDIVIST DRINKING DRIVERS: IDEOLOGY, ORGANIZATION, AND CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL JUSTICE PRACTICES

This paper examines 2877 municipal court drunk driving cases sampled from 1982 to 1989 in four California sites. Recidivist drinking drivers were those charged with driving under the influence and having two or more drunk driving convictions on their records. In one AA-referring site, the data indicate that over 75 percent of drinking drivers convicted in the 1988-89 period were referred to AA by a judge or county probation or parole officer. These findings suggest that, as a whole, California sentencing policies lack a coherent framework. Instead of reflecting information on program effectiveness and offenders' needs, variation in sentencing appears to mark differences in local fiscal circumstances, levels of jail crowding and ideological orientations of judges and other officials.

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  • Authors:
    • Speiglman, R
  • Publication Date: 1994-7

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00667820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 4 1994 12:00AM