Could A DUI Court Be Coming To Cassia County?
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) If you're caught driving while impaired you could take part in a two year DUI court program in Twin Falls County.
That’s not the case in Cassia County.
Commissioners would like to see a dui court in Cassia County, but what does a court actually offer?
Twin Falls County began their program six years ago and more than three-hundred residents have gone through.
What is DUI court? It handles second offenses and excessive DUI’s.
Offenders have to apply for one year of dui court and one year of probation.
Steven Conger is a DUI court coordinator in Twin Falls County. He said it's one of the best programs in the nation.
"It's a lot more intense than just a standard probation; you're going to have weekly appearances in front of the judge” said Steven Conger DUI Coordinator, Twin Falls County.
The court is staffed with clinicians, law enforcement, prosecutors, and public offenders all coming together to develop the best treatment plan for an individual.
"You see the same people coming back to the system over and over again, when we first started DUI court I saw a lot of those people and they're not back anymore. It's not that they don't come back with DUI's, they don't come back into the system at all” said Steven Conger DUI Coordinator, Twin Falls County.
It’s something that other counties are looking to obtain as well.
Cassia County Commissioners met with state Judicial representatives to consider their own court.
The process of getting a DUI court established is time consuming and a little complicated, requiring Idaho State Supreme Court approval to begin.
Before an application can be made to the courts, the commissioners were told they must sign a memorandum of understanding.
Cassia County Commissioners have set the stage for the future consideration of a program that gets Idahoans back on track.