The Lancaster County 24/7 Sobriety Program is an alternative to incarceration opportunity provided by the Lancaster County Department of Community Corrections. This program is specifically designed for defendants involved in the criminal justice system due to alcohol and/or drug use. The 24/7 Sobriety Program provides daily testing, monitoring, and sanctioning to promote accountability and abstinence.
The basics of the Lancaster County 24/7 Sobriety Program are as follows:
- Twice daily breathalyzer testing - 365 days a year (holidays and weekends included)
- Random drug screening
- Immediate sanctions for program violations
- Cost of $60 per month
The objectives of the Lancaster County 24/7 Sobriety Program are as follows:
-To promote recovery and sobriety;
-To provide a community-based supervision program as an alternative to incarceration, allowing offenders to continue to work and live in the community;
-Reduce short-term and long-term recidivism for a variety of offenses that involve drug and alcohol use; and
-Improve public safety.
To be eligible to participate in the Lancaster County 24/7 Sobriety Program, defendants must be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense directly related to consumption or possession of alcohol, marijuana, or a controlled substance.
Currently, the target population for the 24/7 Sobriety Program includes the following eligible charges:
- 2nd non-aggravated DUI,
- 2nd aggravated DUI,
- 2nd Refusal to Chemical Test.
- 3rd non-aggravated DUI
- All felony DUI are considered on a case-by-case basis by the County Attorney’s office
It is the hope of the Lancaster County 24/7 Sobriety Program to expand the eligible charges to include other offenses where alcohol or substance use is a core issue.
A defendant charged with a qualifying offense must be court ordered to participate, either as a condition of bond or sentencing order. The participant must complete the Participant Agreement prior to beginning the program.
A defendant is not eligible to participate in the Community Corrections 24/7 Sobriety Program if they have any other open cases in any other jurisdiction. The defendant may request to be placed on the 24/7 Sobriety Program once those cases are resolved. If the defendant receives a new open case during their participation in the 24/7 Sobriety Program, within this jurisdiction or any other, the court will be notified and will determine if the client can continue participation.