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City Council Recognizes Judge Flores and Felony DWI Court

On January 20, 2016, Councilor Ken Sanchez and the Albuquerque City Council were honored to present a proclamation to District Judge Jacqueline Flores, Pre-Trial Services officer Anthony Rodolfo, and Dr. Lester Brasher of Albuquerque Behavioral Health, as well as prosecutors, defense attorneys and local law enforcement for work and efforts through the Second Judicial District Court’s Felony DWI program. The DWI program helps participants of the program improve their lives and make Albuquerque streets safer by removing repeat drunken driving offenders. The program was recently awarded a federal grant from the US Department of Justice for $279,919 to expand operations and double the number of clients served by the program from 30 to 60.  Costs average $7.03 per client per day in the DWI court program, compared to $92.90 a day for incarceration.

“We are proud of the success we have seen in Felony DWI Court. We know the program is effective for participants who really want to turn their lives around,” Judge Flores said.

City Councilor Ken Sanchez was honored to accept the invitation to attended a DWI Court graduation ceremony for 5 graduates in December of 2015 and be part of such a big step in these individual’s lives. Albuquerque Journal article on the program.

The Felony DWI Court is a demanding 18-month program for offenders who have had at least five drunken driving convictions. The goal is to promote public safety and reduce recidivism among repeat DWI offenders while providing an alternative to incarceration.

Participants are referred by the District Attorney’s Office and must take part in individual, group and family counseling, often several times each week, in addition to regular urinalysis and breath tests as well as weekly visits with Judge Flores and a sponsor.

Those who fail to comply with their responsibilities are sent back to jail.

Councilor Sanchez with Judge Flores

Anthony Rodolfo, left, and Judge Jacqueline Flores, center, are joined by City Councilor Ken Sanchez during the council meeting on January 20, 2016.