Faculty Publications

Title

Do victim impact programs reduce recidivism for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated? Findings from an outcomes evaluation

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Drunk driving, Recidivism, Victim impact

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Criminal Justice Studies

Volume

24

Issue

2

First Page

153

Last Page

163

Abstract

In victim impact panels, persons convicted of driving while intoxicated are confronted by survivors of accidents caused by drunk drivers. The objective is to reduce the number of subsequent convictions by increasing empathy with victims and increasing awareness of the seriousness of the consequences of drinking and driving. Participation in a victim impact course was not found to consistently reduce reoffending in a sample of persons convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. More specifically, program participants were just as likely to reoffend as non-participants and sometimes more likely. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Original Publication Date

6-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1080/1478601X.2011.561645

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