Little Rock 1 of 10 with sobriety court; with 6 participants, program aids hard-core DWI offenders

By Brandon Mulder

Courtesy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Judge Gruber's sobriety court, a yearlong intensive treatment program for certain people charged with driving while intoxicated who opt into the program in lieu of jail time, heavy fines and community service hours.

Following a nationwide trend, Gruber's program is the first of its kind in Little Rock and one of 10 in the state, according to data from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The programs target what the National Center for DWI Courts calls "hardcore DWI offenders."

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