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Home Confinement for DUI Drivers to Be Implemented
Frank J. Riccio, II, Esq. February 2012
If you're convicted of more than one DUI offense in Connecticut, you could serve your sentence at home. Under the approved measure, the state corrections commissioner will be empowered to move DUI offenders – specifically those convicted of second, third, or subsequent DUI offenses – from confinement in prison to supervised home confinement. At home, offenders will have to submit to electronic monitoring and have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle they drive.
This was done with the state facing a deficit of more than $3 billion. Government Dan Malloy proposed home confinement as a way of decreasing prison costs by lowering prison populations.
Currently, Connecticut law imposes a mandatory 120-day prison sentence upon defendants convicted of a second DUI offense, and a mandatory 1-year prison sentence upon defendants convicted of a third or subsequent DUI offense.
Commissioner of Corrections Leo Arnone has stated in interviews that the implementation of this new law has been slow. He did state, however, that he hopes that these new measures can be implemented during the first quarter of 2012.
It seems clear that any individual who is sentenced to incarceration given this scenario must serve at least 10 days in jail while being evaluated. It would appear that 10 days in is only going to be applied to defendants whose case involved no accidents/physical injury, low breath tests and not an extensive criminal history. If those conditions don’t exist, then everyone else will get treatment before they are released. If they need treatment, they will be treated at Carl Robinson CI for 15 sessions (3x per week for 5 weeks). If a serious alcohol problem exists, 30 sessions will be required, and – under a worst case scenario – defendants will be kept in treatment for 6 months.
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