MADD’s Court Monitoring Program enlists court monitors to observe and document what happens in the courtroom during impaired driving case proceedings. The program was created to ensure that impaired driving offenders are prosecuted and justice is achieved. Court monitoring is a tool proven to affect the adjudication process and is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as an effective countermeasure to reduce impaired driving 1 . Court monitors on the local scale can impact the
handling of impaired driving cases by their mere presence in the court room. Court monitoring is intended to enhance transparency and accountability within the criminal justice system and reduce the likelihood of repeat offenses. One way this goal is achieved is by sharing data and observations with law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, and the public to promote awareness of impaired driving and ensure accountability for all impaired driving offenders. To reduce future offenses, MADD® supports swift and unbiased treatment of all impaired driving cases.
of January 2021, those states include: WHEREWE ARE • Arizona • Colorado • Connecticut • Georgia • Illinois • Louisiana • Maryland • Missouri • Nebraska • Nevada
Currently, MADD’s Court Monitoring Program is active in some jurisdictions within 15 states. As
• New Mexico • North Carolina • South Carolina • Tennessee • Virginia
In 2020, a team comprised of more than 160 court monitors observed roughly 33,000 impaired driving cases. These 33,000 cases represented more than 17 states and roughly 170 U.S. counties, for an average 200 cases per MADD court monitor. The charts represented in this report reflect general observations from 2020 MADD Court Monitoring Program data in 17 states (Arkansas and Texas no longer have active court monitoring programs, but monitored cases in the 2020).
This report is designed to present observations and trends relative to the jurisdictions monitored and is not intended to be a statistical analysis. National Report (1/1/2020 – 12/31/2020)
To learn more about each state MADD monitors, visit madd.org/courts
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