U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Do Victim Impact Programs Reduce Recidivism for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated? Findings From an Outcomes Evaluation

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Studies Volume: 24 Issue: 2 Dated: June 2011 Pages: 153-163
Benjamin Keith Crew; Sarah Emily Johnson
Date Published
June 2011
11 pages
This study examined if victim impact panels help in reducing drunk driving offenders from recidivism.
In victim impact panels, persons convicted of driving while intoxicated are confronted by survivors of accidents caused by drunk drivers. The objective is to reduce the number of subsequent convictions by increasing empathy with victims and increasing awareness of the seriousness of the consequences of drinking and driving. Participation in a victim impact course was not found to consistently reduce reoffending in a sample of persons convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. More specifically, program participants were just as likely to reoffend as non-participants and sometimes more likely. (Published Abstract)