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DUI Countermeasures: Differences between court jail sentences and jail time actually served and available alternative sanctions in select California counties.
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PMID:  24529088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
INTRODUCTION AND METHODS: Jail sentences and actual jail times were compared for 2006 California driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) offenders from select counties using matched data from Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), court, and sheriff databases. Additionally, alternative sanctions to jail were investigated.
RESULTS: Jail sentences reported by courts were consistently longer than actual jail time. Actual jail time percentages across participating counties ranged from 0 to 67% for 1st DUI offenders, 0 to 20% for 2nd offenders, and 0 to 66% for 3rd(+) offenders. Median percentages of jail sentences actually served across participating counties were 0%, 7%, and 22% for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd(+) DUI offenders, respectively. Alternative sentences were used more often for 1st DUI offenders and less so for 2nd and 3rd(+) offenders.
CONCLUSIONS: Caution is warranted regarding conclusions about jail ineffectiveness as a DUI deterrent from previous studies given that most were based on jail sentence or statutory lengths, which appear to overestimate actual jail times.
Gloriam Vanine Guenzburger; Debra Barbiaux Atkinson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-11-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of safety research     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1879-1247     ISO Abbreviation:  J Safety Res     Publication Date:  2014 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-02-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1264241     Medline TA:  J Safety Res     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
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