The Waukesha OWI Treatment Court provides intensive supervision and case managment of third and fourth offense drunk drivers post conviction with intensive judicial oversight. There is an emphasis on treatment in an effort to help offenders break the cycle of drunk diving, improve the chances of a sober and healthy life, and contribute toa safe commnity. It was the first alcohol treatment court in Wisconsin. The program is based on a drug court model, which has 10 key components that Wisconsin Community Services (WCS) integrates and follows. The drug court model has been around since 1989 when the first drug court was established in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
The mission of Waukesha County OWI Treatment Court is to reduce the number of repeat drunk drivers (OWI) by allowing OWI offenders to participate in alcohol and other substance abuse treatment under strict judicial and community supervision. The OWI Treatment Court will use community and justice system resources in a cost effective and efficient manner while holding offenders accountable an enhancing public safety.
Utilizing a post-plea, pre-dispositional model, provides rigorous supervision, case management, and drug testing for offenders with substance use disorders. This includes intensive judicial oversight and an emphasis on treatment in an effort to increase long-term sobriety, which will ultimately reduce crime and increase public safety. The average program length is 18 months.
As of January, 2019, 130 participants have gradulated since the programs inception in 2012.