In the News
Split Supreme Court Approves Warrantless Blood Draw in DWI Case
(New Jersey Law Journal,3/28/2018)
The majority ruled in "State v. Zalcberg,"a 5-2 decision on Tuesday, that a lack of training for police about the need for and availability of telephonic warrants—in the context of a serious road accident and a changing landscape for such warrants at the time—could form an exigency that renders the warrantless blood sampling compliant with the Fourth Amendment.
How much marijuana is too much? Legalization means new questions for police
Pop quiz: what does 30 grams of marijuana look like?
It's not an abstract question. Under the federal government's proposed cannabis legalization plan, 30 grams of dried marijuana is the maximum a person can legally possess in a public place. Carry any more and you could be subject to fines, jail time, or both.
Bar Employees Now Charged In Connection With Fatal Drunk Driving Crash That Killed Mother And Baby
(Houston Public Media,4/5/2018)
The Harris County District Attorney’s office said on Thursday a total of four people are now facing charges in connection with the crash that happened on February 28 on the I-45 Feeder Road at El Dorado Boulevard.
El Paso’s DWI Drug Court celebrates successes
(El Paso Times,5/20/2018)
Locking up drug offenders and throwing away the key does not work. Individuals with substance abuse issues need help, not jail. Addiction is a ruthless foe that must be fought with treatment. By not receiving the proper treatment to battle addiction, drug offenders simply do their time, get out, and re-offend.
People Who Make SA Great: Drug Court Judge Tommy Stolhandske
It's a courtroom with no jury, and a judge with no black robe, no high bench, and no bonds. Just real people with real problems. Welcome to Bexar County's Adult Drug Court, Judge Tommy Stolhandske presiding.
New: Ignition Interlock Report
The Ignition Interlock Report was written by the The National Center for State Courts as a resource for judges, court administrators, and policymakers with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This report reviews the latest research on ignition interlock programs and how they are used from a national perspective (2013-2017). The appendix contains a detailed chart of each state’s ignition interlock program and a comprehensive resource list. It is intended to be a single resource that judges, court administrators, and policymakers can use to implement or improve an interlock program. The resource is also useful in preparing for presentations and in gaining a more well-rounded picture of ignition interlock use across the country.
The Summer 2018 edition of the ABA’s publication, Highway to Justice has been released. You can access it here .
Free webcast by the National Judicial College (NJC): The Role of the Judge in Drug-Impaired Driving Cases, August 14. For more information click here.
NADCP's Advancing Justice announced the launch of the Journal for Advancing Justice, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. This new journal provides justice and public health professionals, policymakers, academics, scholars and researchers a forum to share evidence-based and promising practices on the most pressing issues facing the justice system today. More information can be found here.