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Several Alternatives Could Be Used to Reduce Increasing Imprisonment of Persons Driving with Suspended Licenses, Report No. 08-12, March 2008
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  • More than 1.8 million driver license suspensions and revocations occurred in Fiscal Year 2006-07.  Of these, 1.5 million (82%) were imposed for failure to comply with a summons to appear in court and/or pay traffic tickets, court fines and costs.  While relatively few offenders are sentenced to prison, the number of prison commitments for suspended licenses has disproportionately increased compared to all new commitments.  Between Fiscal Years 2000-01 and 2006-07, the number of people sentenced to prison for driving with a suspended license increased by 133% compared to a 47% increase in overall prison commitments.
  • As of November 30, 2007, there were 1,662 offenders in prison for driving with suspended licenses.  Our analysis of 904 of these inmates’ driving and criminal histories showed that virtually all had prior criminal histories.  However, some of these inmates had committed less serious driving and criminal offenses.  Because of competing needs for resources and the limited number of prison beds, the Legislature could consider alternatives to incarceration for less dangerous offenders convicted of driving with suspended licenses.  These alternatives include day work camps, electronic monitoring, vehicle impoundment or immobilization, and revising statutory eligibility for prison.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Corrections
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 14-07 Options Exist to Modify Use of Driver License Suspension for Non-Driving-Related Reasons,published in February 2014.
  • Report No. 10-54 Without Changes, Expansion Drug Courts Unlikely to Realize Expected Cost Savings,published in October 2010.

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