DWI Sentencing

The main reason as to why mandatory sentencing is being promoted or supported is due to the effect that it has on individuals. Fines and other conventional approaches to management of drunken driving generally affect the sphere that surround an individual. Recent developments in judicial systems seek restorative justice due to the failure of the punitive approaches in ensuring that individual are handled in a manner that ensure their appreciation of social norms (Taylor and Oberman 132).

Harsh punishments have proved to be quite efficient in making hardcore criminals out of ordinary offenders. Moreover, recommendations being made for sentencing are based on the assumption that it is the best approach and lack a factual basis. The role of correctional facilities in making hardcore criminal is a fact that many researchers are trying to grapple with an understanding its manifestation which simply lies on the effect that the environment has on ones behavior and perception of the society.

There is a high likelihood if the nature of crime is put into consideration that sentencing or repeated drunken drivers will only serve to complicate the problem by making chronic drunk drivers. An objective look at the challenge that is drunk driving should reveal that the problem is drinking and its manifestation is drunk driving. Dealing with the use of drugs and alcohol usage should therefore be the main challenge in addressing the problem and if mandatory sentencing of repeated offender would serve this then there is a chance that it may lead to some improvement.

Contrary to common belief and stories on the unavailability of drugs in state correctional facilities, it is rare for a 'clean' person to come out of the facilities without appreciating the 'joys' of using drugs. Simply put, mandatory sentencing of drivers with problematic drunken driving adds 'woes to their problem' in that they are taken from an environment where there is hope for remedial action to one characterized by drug pins and cut-throats. This does little to address their drug or alcohol use problems and is thus not an objective solution.