Kent Receives AWC Municipal Excellence Award
DUI Court - Changing Behavior, Saving Lives
City leaders from 148 cities and towns across Washington convened in Spokane in June for the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Annual Conference. During the conference, AWC honored five cities with a Municipal Excellence Award.
“This year’s winners applied innovative solutions to issues in their communities,” said Peter B. King, AWC Chief Executive Officer. “Their efforts have improved lives in their communities and serve as inspiration for civic leaders throughout the state.”
Chosen from 33 applications, the 2019 AWC Municipal Excellence Award winners include the City of Kent, which received an award for its new DUI Court.
Kent: Municipal DUI Court- Changing Behavior, Saving Lives
The City of Kent has been successfully reducing incarceration rates and recidivism among its highest-risk, repeat DUI offenders through its Municipal DUI Court. This innovative program provides an alternative path to lengthy jail time for re-offenders by focusing on substance-abuse treatment and accountability. Participants spend at least two years in the program, which includes frequent court appearances, random drug/alcohol testing, treatment, support groups, and community service. The program is saving the city significant incarceration costs while improving community safety.