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Kansas Considering DUI Courts

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Topeka, KS – A Kansas commission is looking at ways to improve the state's drunk driving laws. The DUI Commission heard how a specialized court could more efficiently deal with offenders.

DUI courts offer supervision and treatment for offenders- instead of jail time for offenders. David Wallace is director of the National Center for DWI Courts, and he says keeping offenders out of jail can save cash, and the courts can help reduce the number of costly trials.

In most DUI courts offenders are supervised and ordered into treatment. They're sent to jail if they violate the terms of their release. Wallace says DUI court cases often have lower repeat offender rates than drunk driving cases handled in regular criminal courts.

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