Why Are DUI Offenders Using Utahns’ Tax Dollars for Assessment and Treatment?

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2011

Contact: David Buer
Director of Communications

SALT LAKE CITY — Sutherland Institute released a video report today detailing how Utah tax dollars are used to pay for assessment and treatment of DUI offenders. Produced by Sutherland Multimedia Reporter Alexis Young, the video documents how Assessment and Referral Services (ARS), a University of Utah clinic, receives state and federal support to cover the fees of some of its clients.

By state statute, any Utahn arrested on a DUI charge must undergo an assessment to determine what kind of treatment, if any, should be given to the alleged offender. ARS conducts most of the assessments for Salt Lake County and, in many cases, provides this service free of charge to the suspect, while taxpayers pick up the $220 tab. Other providers that are private also conduct assessments without relying on taxpayer dollars to cover their fees.

To watch the video, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFnpX70HU3E. For more information on this story, please contact Alexis Young at 801-355-1272 or ayoung@sutherlandinstitute.org.

Sutherland Institute is a conservative, state-based, independent public policy organization located in Salt Lake City. Its mission: protecting the cause of freedom, constructively influencing Utah’s decision makers, and promoting responsible citizenship. Sutherland Institute is recognized as the leading conservative think tank in the state of Utah.