Victoria county’s specialty program helps prevent further DWI offenses, a study suggests

District Attorney Constance Filley Johnson and a UHV licensed psychologist find out their analysis really helps people who commit more than one DWI offense.

VICTORIA, Texas – A DWI specialty program analysis completed for the Victoria county court shows it’s a successful program.

According to the study, this outcome showed an 83 percent successful completion rate.

Taking a closer look at the analysis, it was completed over a span of 13 years, starting in 2007 and ending in 2020.

Constance Filley Johnson, District Attorney, said that it’s also likely for someone to re-offend after their first DWI, if no intervention is applied to their case.

In addition, she mentioned working with many departments to further the analysis.

Brent Lang, a licensed psychologist at UHV, found those struggling with alcohol addiction who were referred to the program had less of a chance to re-offend in the future.

While some struggling with alcohol addiction might feel helpless, this program also helps offenders seek mental health resources when it applies to them.

“So we’ve been serving dozens of people over the years in this program. We knew that it worked, just anecdotally. Simply hearing people tell their stories after they graduate from the program, but we needed to know for certain. We reached out to Brent Lang, at the University of Houston – in Victoria to see if he would be interested and he was, he came immediately to our aid and we’ve been working with him since January. Sharing our results with him,” Filley Johnson said.

In order to target those who need the most help, this supervision program is aimed at people with at least two DWI arrests, where the study showed only 6.3 percent re-offended within five years.

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