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Driving While Intoxicated

The consequences of driving while intoxicated can be profound and devastating, and yet the culpability of the driver is related to the decision to drive while impaired -- the harm caused was not the result of a deliberate attempt to cause harm. These stories and articles discuss issues related to driving while intoxicated.

Barnes, Geoffrey. Procedural Justice in Two Contexts: Testing the Fairness of Diversionary Conferencing for Intoxicated Drivers
Fairness is a central issue in our scientific understanding of the law and criminal behavior. The fairness of legal proceedings has long been of interest in a variety of disciplines, but only recently have theory and research in criminology begun to focus upon the effects of fairness on illegal behavior. Procedural justice theory suggests that offenders who believe that they have been treated fairly will also be less likely to reoffend in the future. Empirical research has been generally supportive of this prediction, but is rather limited in volume and has been unable to establish an unambiguous direction of causality. The analysis presented here is a preliminary effort to bring the power of randomized experimentation to the criminological study of fairness. An Australian field experiment has randomly assigned 900 persons, all arrested for intoxicated driving, to one of two methods for dealing with their offense. Half of these drivers have had their cases referred to the courts in the traditional manner, while the other half have been offered the opportunity to attend a diversionary conference instead of going to court. Among other things, these conferences--which are broadly based upon the restorative justice ideals outlined by Braithwaite (1989; 1998)--are thought to be substantially different from court in terms of the fairness they offer to the offenders who participate in them.
Price, Marty D.. The Mediation of a Drunk Driving Death: A Case Development Study
Victim-offender mediation programs often limit services to juvenile and property crimes. However, some programs are beginning to broaden their services to deal with adult offenses and more serious crimes. Price claims that victim-offender mediation for more serious crimes may be substantively different than for other offenses. He presents some ways in which mediation for serious crimes will be different; likewise, he summarizes principles elaborated by Mark Umbreit for mediation in such cases. To illustrate his points, Price narrates a mediation case involving a death from drunk driving.
Editor. Video Review: The Amy Wall Story: Dedicated to the Prevention of Drunk Driving
Amy Wall was seventeen years old when she was killed by a drunk driver. Now Amy's younger brother Derrick Wall and Joe Avila, the man who killed Amy, tell the story of her death and the impact that has had on both their lives as a testimony to the tragedies that can happen when people drink and drive. Derrick and Joe met several years after the incident through the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program in Fresno, California, and the meeting brought healing and forgiveness into both of their lives. In this video, they each tell their sides about the incident, their responses to it, the court proceedings and prison, what life was like after sentencing, and how the meeting affected them.

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