Thursday, November 11, 2021

DUI Parolees Can Drive with Interlock Tool

 The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement. 

The Mississippi State Parole Board announces a new tool for individuals paroled with felony DUI convictions.

"Beginning in late October, anyone the board paroles with a felony DUI conviction will be allowed to drive only with an interlock restricted license," Parole Board Member Jim Cooper said.  "In accordance with state law, persons with three DUI convictions will not be permitted to operate a vehicle unless it is equipped with an ignition interlock device for three years, and for persons with more than three, that number goes up to 10 years."

The device connects a motor vehicle ignition system to a breath-alcohol analyzer and prevents the ignition from starting if the driver's blood-alcohol level exceeds the calibrated setting - in this case - .02 percent or greater.

Driving without the ignition interlock device on an interlock restricted license will be considered a parole violation and the parolee will be immediately returned to prison.

The interlock device allows a parolee an opportunity to drive, including to and from work, in a safe manner.

"We want people on parole to have a job to support themselves and their families so they won't return to prison," Cooper said. "And if they are going to drive, it needs to be in a safe manner. This device allows that opportunity with accountability."

This new condition of parole has been implemented through collaboration among the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and the Parole Board.

"It is a big win for the state of Mississippi to give these citizens an opportunity to become productive and establish better habits," Cooper said.


Anonymous said...

This is usually effective, but felons being felons, some will have another person blow into it for them.

Anonymous said...

Hey son breath into the tube so daddy can go to work. hint hint.

Anonymous said...

you're kidding me. let 'em walk or figure out what to do with friends or family Multiple DUIs or DUI with injuries must pay the penalty.

Anonymous said...

My Uncle (now deceased) was a lifelong alcoholic and multiple convicted drunk driver. He never stopped drinking and driving until the booze finally put him in a coma.

Alcohol is literally poison.

Anonymous said...

Evidence for the Effectiveness of Interlocks
The basic research findings regarding the interlock are well understood (Marques and Voas 2010):

Generally, only 10 percent to 20 percent of offenders will choose the interlock option over short-term license suspension (Marques and Voas 2010; Voas et al. 1999, 2001). The 2013 estimated installation rate is 20 percent (Roth 2012; United States Government Accountability Office 2014). However, a higher installation rate can be produced if the alternative to installation, such as electronically monitored house arrest, is less desirable than the interlock (Roth et al. 2009; Voas et al. 2001).
Strong evidence exists for their effectiveness while on the vehicle. Two meta-analyses of interlock evaluations have demonstrated highly similar results indicating that while on the vehicle, interlocks reduce recidivism by approximately 64 percent (Elder et al. 2011; Willis et al. 2004). With one exception (Rauch et al. 2011), all evaluations have agreed that this benefit does not carry over into the period beyond the removal of the interlock (Elder et al. 2011; Willis et al. 2004).
Substantial evidence shows that the frequency of an offender being prevented from starting the vehicle because of lockouts predicts recidivism following the removal of the unit from the offender’s vehicle (Marques et al. 2001, 2003a,b).
Based on this evidence, the major efforts to extend the effectiveness of interlocks have focused on the following:

Increasing the number of offenders who install the units;
Closer monitoring of performance while on the interlock to increase the current 64 percent recidivism benefit during that period (Voas et al. 2013; Zador et al. 2011);
Extending the time on the interlock for offenders who perform poorly (have an excessive number of lockouts) (Mayer 2014); and
Implementing health promotion programs tied to the interlock while the units are in place on the vehicle (Timken and Marques 2001b; Timken et al. 1995), which might extend the benefit following removal (Marques and Voas 2013).

Anonymous said...

And the way to stop repeat sex offenders is to publish their names and where they live.

Anonymous said...

Uhhhh huh. And WHO will finance these expensive toys ? So what's stopping these folks from simply driving a 72 Dodge Truck with no tags back and forth to the club ? It's not like the county does check points anymore. How about a deal that see's FIRST TIME CAUGHT DRUNK DRIVING a mandatory sentence of 2 years. All it takes is a positive Covid test. And they have to be fully vaxxed with all 10 boosters.

Anonymous said...

The device can take a picture of the person who blows into it.

I'm not sure if this is standard in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

ACLU will somehow get this thrown out.

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