DUI: Graduating Sanctions

September 8, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

A first offense can actually represent the product of a longstanding, well-established pattern of behavior.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 6

August 19, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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A big fine, for instance, isn’t necessarily a better deterrent than a lesser one that is administered quickly and effectively.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 4

June 4, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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It’s not just what you present to your client — it’s how you present it. By following a few simple rules, you get better results. It’s not a perfect system, by any means. But it should improve outcomes.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client

March 15, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Having a judge or a parole officer holding the big stick on them may be enough to get them into treatment, but it’s usually not enough motivation to get them beyond the minimum of compliance.

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Deterring Drunk Driving: Thoughts on Designing a System

February 9, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If estimates are correct that a typical offender has driven under the influence between 60 and 100 times prior to first arrest, it’s clear the actual problem is far, far greater than arrests alone can document.

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Deterring Drunk Driving: The Role of Treatment

February 8, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It seems to me that a successful approach to DWI must be based on the assumption that drunk drivers are a diverse population.

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Deterring Drunk Driving: Do Sanctions Work?

February 2, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

One state estimates around a fifth of offenders are rearrested within three years of the prior conviction. Expand that window to five or ten years and the rate is likely substantially higher.

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Tragic and Costly: DUI/DWI

January 27, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Public perceptions of how we should and shouldn’t treat offenders often result in less than optimal solutions both for the addict/alcoholic and for the victims and the larger society that must pay.

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Counselors vs Probation Officers

November 3, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

If the clinicians view the PO as an outsider with the potential to interfere with treatment, there will be inevitable conflict.

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