MADD’s Court Monitoring Program enlists and trains court monitors to observe and document what happens in the courtroom during drunk driving case proceedings. Court monitors track results and identify inconsistencies on how drunk driving cases are handled and resolved. MADD shares this information with law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, public defenders and, if necessary, the media, to help ensure appropriate actions.
Studies have shown that the mere presence of a court monitor can have a positive effect on sentencing. Trained court monitors observe proceedings, gather data, and identify trends to keep the wheels of justice turning effectively and keep families safe.
The goals of MADD’s Court Monitoring Program are to enhance transparency, accountability and to promote appropriate sentencing within the criminal justice system for drunk driving cases.
This is accomplished by:
- Promoting public interest and awareness of the outcomes of criminal cases in the justice system
- Compiling information on the handling of DWI/DUI cases
- Creating relevant reports and publicize the findings
The court monitoring program supports MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. We invite you to join us in the fight against this 100% preventable crime.
To learn more about how you can volunteer in your state, please submit the MADD Volunteer agreement