DWI Courts: A Legislative Guide - DWI Courts are changing behavior and saving lives on America's roads. But more are needed to increase their impact. To discuss what DWI Courts are and how they work, and what state legislators can do to increase their numbers, the NCDC developed this publication. It is written for the legislators that want to learn more about DWI Courts and how they can make their communities safer for everyone.

Ignition Interlock Device Guidelines for DWI Courts - Ignition Interlocks are a proven tool to reduce the incidents of impaired driving and more and more states are requiring their use for individuals convicted of impaired driving.  Some states have tied DWI Courts and Ignition Interlocks together providing the offenders/participants the opportunity to get a restricted/limited driver's license if the person is in a DWI Court and has an ignition interlock on his/her car.  To help DWI Courts understand the role of interlocks in their program, the NCDC has developed the Ignition Interlock Guidelines for DWI Courts.  These are designed to give a DWI Court some information about interlocks and how the DWI Court may want to use them.

The Bottom Line -This new NCDC publication will provide practitioners and policy makers with a quick-read on issues that DWI Courts deal with every day and what they need to know about it.  This inaugural edition discusses why DWI Courts focus on the alcohol dependent DWI offender. 

The Promise of DWI Court: What Does It Mean and Why Should Prosecutors Care? DWI Courts operate within a post-conviction model utilizing all criminal justice stakeholders (judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation, law enforcement, and others) coupled with alcohol or drug treatment professionals. This law review article looks at DWI Courts, the reason for their success, and why prosecutors should be involved with the DWI Court in their community. This is a Chapman University School of Law publication, The Chapman Journal of Criminal Justice, Volume 2, Issue 1.

DWI Court Checklist - Research has indicated that a "good-quality" DWI Court significantly reduces recidivism. But what is a good-quality DWI Court? The answer is found in the 10 Guiding Principles for DWI Courts as set out by the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC).   Following these 10 Guiding Principles demonstrates integrity for the DWI Court and expresses fidelity to the model that has been shown to work.  This Checklist allows a person to analyze a court that asserts itself to be a DWI Court and determine if it is remaining true to the model.  Each Guiding Principle is stated with appropriate factors to be considered listed after it.

Guide to Mutual Aid Resources - The Guide is an online, one stop resource for people looking for help with addiction and recovery.  Find out about the growing number and scope of volunteer recovery mutual aid groups. This one-stop resource is for people in or seeking recovery from addiction, their families and friends and for addiction treatment service providers and other allied service professionals. Numerous research studies have shown that mutual aid groups play a significant role in the process of recovery. Here you can learn about the many varieties of online and in-person mutual aid groups that are helping people find and sustain their recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. This is a Faces and Voices of Recovery on-line document. 

Introductory Handbook for DWI Court Program Evaluations - Guiding Principle #9 of the Guiding Principles for DWI Courts, as set out by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, discusses the importance of evaluating a DWI Court program.  In part it says: "A credible evaluation is the only mechanism for mapping the road to program success or failure."  Written by Dr. Doug Marlow, this handbook is designed to provide DWI Courts with the knowledge to understand what is needed to do a proper evaluation.  This is a NCDC publication with support from NHTSA.

The 10 Guiding Principles for DWI Courts - DWI courts follow the Ten Key Components of Drug Courts and the Guiding Principles of DWI Courts, as established by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. It is the Guiding Principles that set out the guidelines for DWI Courts. This is a NADCP publication.

A Guide to Sentencing DWI Offenders - 2nd Edition - 2005 - This is a sentencing guide designed to assist judges and prosecutors in reducing recidivism among people convicted of driving while impaired (DWI). It includes a brief description of DWI Courts. This is a NHTSA publication.

10 Promising Sentencing Practices - 2004 - A compendium of promising sentencing practices proposed at the NHTSA National DWI Sentencing Summit at The National Judicial College from March 15-16, 2004. It includes a discussion of DWI Courts. This is a NHTSA publication.