Can we concurrently reduce problematic alcohol consumption, repeat drink driving and domestic violence arrests?
Alcohol consumption can impose enormous health and safety costs on individuals and society. Problem drinkers account for a disproportionate share of these costs. Although thousands of problem drinkers pass through the criminal justice system each year, reducing their alcohol consumption has proven difficult.
The USA’s South Dakota’s innovative 24/7 Program requires those arrested for or convicted of alcohol-involved offenses to take twice-a-day breathalyser tests or wear a continuous alcohol-monitoring bracelet. Those who fail or skip their tests are immediately subject to swift, certain but modest sanctions—typically a day or two in prison. After a five-county pilot project, “24/7” quickly grew to cover additional jurisdictions and offences (e.g. assault). For further information including peer reviewed evaluation visit: www.rand.org/health/projects/24-7.html.
With the backdrop of establishing a new adult Drug and Alcohol Court; the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence; and increasingly limited public funds, we have a responsibility to explore evidence-based and cost-effective alternative options to existing forms of punishment. ATODA has long advocated for the ACT to implement a swift, certain and fair 24/7 pilot program.
Professor Beau Kilmer is a leading USA-based drug policy researcher. He is a Senior Policy Researcher at the nonpartisan, nonprofit RAND Corporation, which recently opened an office in Canberra. He also serves as Co-director of RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center and Professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School. For more, seewww.rand.org/about/people/k/kilmer_beau.html
ATODA has again invited Professor Kilmer to visit Canberra as part of its role in helping to ensure that ACT alcohol and drug interventions reflect contemporary knowledge about what works, and what is cost-effective. This lecture is part of a series of activities for stakeholders to learn from the overseas experience and consider potential applications within the ACT. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.
|Date:||Thursday 5 October 2017|
|Time:||12:30pm – 1:30pm (with arrival and refreshments from 12:15pm)|
|Venue:||Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly, London Circuit, Canberra City|
|RSVP:||Essential via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/public-lecture-with-professor-beau-kilmer-tickets-38376443977|
|Audience:||Members of the Legislative Assembly, advisors, police, criminal justice, corrections, legal, courts, road safety, alcohol and drug, domestic and family violence; policy makers, researchers, general public.|