BEAVERTON, Ore. – The Beaverton Sobriety Opportunity for Beginning Recovery (B-SOBR) program will hold a special ceremony to recognize program participants who have successfully completed court requirements. The graduation is Thursday, June 20 at 2 p.m. at Beaverton Municipal Court located at the Griffith Drive Building (4755 SW Griffith Dr).
The ceremony is open to the community and is an opportunity to learn more about the program and witness the graduation of seven program participants who combined are celebrating 3,726 days of sobriety and have completed 415 hours of community service.
“This is an inspiring and emotional day for all in attendance,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “I’m proud of the graduates for their accomplishments, and of our community for supporting innovative and intense programs that change people’s lives and make our communities safer.”
In addition to hearing about how the city’s DUII specialty court works, attendees at the graduation will get to hear all graduates give a short talk about their own personal changes since entering the program.
“As participants and family members of the graduates share their thoughts and reflect on the changes they have seen, it’s difficult to stop eyes from welling up,” said Presiding Judge Juliet Britton. “It’s a special day for everyone involved, including the court team who work closely with participants and champion their success.”
The B-SOBR program was created in 2011 in response to a growing number of DUII (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants) citations handled in the Beaverton Municipal Court. Since then, more than 110 individuals have successfully completed the program with meaningful results—less than eight percent of this high-risk group have repeat DUIIs after completing the program.
The Beaverton Municipal Court handles approximately 400 DUII cases annually. The B-SOBR program focuses on offenders with multiple convictions and those with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 (nearly twice the legal limit of .08) or higher.
It is also one of a few courts in Oregon offering repeat DUII offenders a specialty court program that uses evidence-based standards and practices, intense supervision and accountability to help change individual thinking and behaviors that address the root cause of the individual’s problem, which in most cases is addiction.
National statistics show that DUII courts reduce recidivism by 60 percent. Additionally, DUII courts save the community more than $3 for every $1 invested in the court. The typical criminal justice system’s response to a repeat DUII offender is incarceration and fines, which costs much more than program involvement, and can lead to repeat offensives due to involvement in shorter-term court-required treatment programs.
In December 2016, the B-SOBR program was awarded the Community Transformation Award from the National Center for DWI Courts.
“The B-SOBR program’s success in reducing recidivism when it comes to impaired driving means that it is not only one of the most effective treatment courts in the United States, but also one of the most effective criminal justice interventions in existence,” said National Center for DWI Courts Director James Eberspacher.