A new program for DUI offenders in Allegheny County, PA is being nicknamed “DUI Hotel”. Why? Because it takes place in an actual hotel.
Because of overcrowding in jails, Allegheny County has created the DUI Alternative Jail Program. This program is a 3-day mandatory alcohol education and treatment program for DUI offenders. It is held in participating hotels such as the area’s local Holiday Inn Express.
The DUI Alternative Jail program is for people who have been arrested for a PA DUI, but aren’t considered violent offenders. Supporters say this frees up jail space for offenders who have more serious crimes and are considerably more violent.
Opponents of the DUI Alternative Jail Program don’t believe the “DUI Hotel” will help reduce the number of repeat offenders. Many groups, most notably MADD, believe that ignition interlocks are the best method to reducing repeat offenses.
DUI penalties have been debated across the country. Many people have varying opinions about what is the most effective punishment for a drunk driving arrest.
However, like other criminal cases, each DUI case is different. Many people from various backgrounds and circumstances get arrested for a DUI that it is hard to lay out one hard-and-fast rule.
Perhaps a suitable punishment for one DUI case may not be as effective for another. Maybe it’s time to administer DUI penalties on a case by case basis.
What do you think?