The San Mateo County Superior Court received a $300,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for its Multiple Driving Under the Influence Court, the most recent addition in its collaborative programs.

The collaborative courts use a multidisciplinary team approach combined with intensive correctional supervision to identify and treat the root causes of criminal behavior. The program has grown to service more than 225 participants and has had a 82 percent graduation rate, with only two individuals in the program committing a new DUI while under program supervision, Presiding Judge Jonathan Karesh announced this week.

In addition to requiring participants to serve a jail sentence, the MDUI program includes dedicated probation officers to supervise repeat offenders; ignition interlock device installed in vehicle, which prevents an intoxicated individual from starting the car; periodic alcohol testing or continuous alcohol monitoring; referrals to community-based organizations for alcohol treatment; and frequent hearings before a judge who reviews a participant’s progress or lack thereof and adjusts the program elements to ensure a successful outcome, according to the court.

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