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Bill would expand sobriety program

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Feb 17 2013 04:48:01 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 17 2013 04:49:36 PM MST
Bill would expand sobriety program
KALISPELL, Mont. -

A bill making its way through Montana’s legislature seeks to expand the state’s 24/7 Sobriety Program. That’s a program in which repeat drunk driving offenders submit to twice-daily sobriety tests or wear ankle bracelets. The offender covers the costs of the monitoring, and failing tests means jail time.

Now, Representative Steve Lavin (R-Kalispell) is suggesting that the program expands to include other crimes in which alcohol was a major contributing factor, as well as crimes in which illegal drugs were a contributing factor.

On Sunday, NBC Montana spoke with a Kalispell resident who said he would support a program like that if it would help reduce overcrowding in Montana prisons.

“It costs, I’m sure, over $30 ,000 - $40,000 a year to keep somebody incarcerated and if they’re responsible for themselves in their own home, I think that would be better,” said Kalispell resident Dennis Swensgard.

Folks looking to read the full text of the proposed bill can click here.