Program Type: DWI/Drug-Court
Program  Location: Pennsylvania
Lead Agency: York County Court of Common Pleas DUI Court
Partners: N/A
The Issue: Recidivism
Program Target Population: Repeat Offenders

Program Description
York County ranks 3rd in Pennsylvania for DUI cases, even though it ranks 8th in terms of overall population in the Commonwealth. DUIs comprise one-third of the total criminal caseload, with 2600-2800 cases tried each year. Twenty-five percent of the county’s criminal docket comes from repeat DUI offenders. In 2011, 125 people accounted for 600 repeat DUI arrests.

In 2010, York County created the Court of Common Pleas DUI Court, with the goals of reducing recidivism, addressing jail overcrowding, and saving taxpayer dollars through a combination of community supervision and treatment of DUI offenders.

“Target 25” is a program that was started within the DUI court in January 2012, and was aimed at the 25 percent of the county’s docket that is repeat offenders with two or more offenses. The Target 25 program is a court-mandated condition of supervised bail, with offenders paying the cost of SCRAMx monitoring, which begins ten days after the offender’s arrest and lasts an average of three months. SCRAMx is a combination of secure, continuous and remote alcohol monitoring along with house arrest, in one device.

The program also serves as an assessment tool to get hard core offenders the treatment they need for long term behavioral change.

Program Effectiveness
As one of the largest county-wide programs in the country, an average of 400 offenders are monitored through Target 25. Out of the 700 participants to date, only 2 have confirmed drinking events while on SCRAMx. Officials report improved response to treatment among participants. York County has also seen a reduction in jail overcrowding and taxpayer savings by keeping 150 offenders out of the county jail each month.

Program Cost Effectiveness

Sources of Funding
Grant provided by U.S. Department of Justice and the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Offender Pays the cost of monitoring