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NPAMC: Our Focus and the Road Ahead

It’s been a great two years! Since NPAMC’s founding in 2008, we’ve held five meetings, and, with the help of over 150 participants from dozens of state and federal agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations, we’ve generated four sets of consensus statements and built a national consensus on the need for Smart Justice programming.

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Central South Dakota STOP DUI Program
The Honorable Lori Wilbur, Circuit Court Judge,
South Dakota


State Briefs

New Hampshire

The Governor signed a progressive law to reduce prison populations and reduce recidivism. The new law refocuses community supervision on high-risk offenders and provides increased opportunities for treatment. Of particular note, it mandates that all offenders released from prison are supervised for at least nine months; requires that every person placed on parole or probation be assessed to determine their risk of recidivating; and allows probation officers, with the permission of a judge, to impose swift and short jail sentences for minor violations.


In 2008, state leaders asked the Council of State Governments (CSG), the Pew Center on the States, and the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance to help develop a policy framework to reduce crime in a cost-effective manner. After analyzing state crime data and sentencing, probation, prison growth, and post-release supervision trends, CSG issued a report in July. Subsequently, state policymakers and stakeholders met to discuss the findings and recommendations.

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National Briefs

U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of
Justice Statistics

After meeting with NPAMC and several other Federal agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), BJS published a web page devoted to alcohol misuse and crime. It is anticipated that the web page will eventually link to relevant pages on the other agencies’ sites.

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International Briefs


The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) will host the 11th Annual Alcohol interlock Symposium, taking place October 17 - 18, 2010, in Montebello, Canada. The symposium will focus on harmonizing policies and practices across jurisdictions and across disciplines. It will explore opportunities to streamline program deliver and examine the implementation of first offender programs. The Proceedings from last year’s symposium are available at

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Legal Briefs

Admissibility of Laboratory Test Results

In People v. Bowman, 2010 WL 1038819 (Cal. App. 5 Dist. March 23, 2010), the court ruled that a supervisor may rely on another analyst’s notes and report to testify in his or her expert opinion regarding drug test results.

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Research Summaries

State Prison Population Drops for the First Time in 38 Years

In Prison Count 2010: State Population Declines for the First Time in 38 Years, researchers at the Pew Charitable Trusts Center for the States discuss prison population trends and identify six reasons why the population decreased in 2009: (1) advances in supervision technology; (2) advances in the science of behavior change; (3) development of more accurate risk assessments; (4) public support for prison alternatives; (5) increasing focus on cost-benefit analysis; and (6) budget pressure.

Drug Courts

Researchers from various organizations published a report detailing the successes of drug courts in 12 countries. They found that the courts reduce crime, recidivism, and costs.

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