This gives victims a different way to work through the recovery/grieving process. It also gives DUI offenders the opportunity to see the outcomes, tragedies, and other negative effects of DUI crashes.
At each 1-1/2 hour session, two-three victims sit on a panel in front of the offenders and simply tell their story of how a DUI crash changed their life forever.
Each victim speaks for approximately twenty to twenty five minutes, and never blames or preaches to the offenders. In addition, a short video is shown.
Offenders are asked to fill out a questionnaire about the panel; the questionnaire asks questions regarding their age, how many DUI’s they’ve had, how they feel afterwards, if they think they would ever drink and drive again, how fair they feel sentencing is for offenders, etc.
We collect their fee/paperwork and provide a certificate verifying attendance. After the offenders have left, staff and victims have time to talk out any emotional feelings that resurfaced during the evening.