House arrest for DUI: Crime or punishment? : The Morning Call O...

There are 120 comments on the The Morning Call story from May 6, 2007, titled House arrest for DUI: Crime or punishment? : The Morning Call O.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The chances of drunken drivers spending time behind bars in the Lehigh Valley region depend largely on where they're arrested.

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QPA

United States

#90 Jul 26, 2007
zephyr mom wrote:
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what while they sit at home, dont have to get up for work, dont have to do sqat but sit at home with a case of beer and get sloshed all day. then when the spouse comes home from work, tired and pissed and there's a fight. she smacks him in the head with the frying pan. he goes to jail because he violated his house arrest by drinking. she goes to jail for domestic violence. neither are cops. so the kids end up in foster care. and the cycle starts.
This kind of scenario might occur in a trailer park rather then a typical American home. I'm speaking from a woman’s perspective. I don't know the statistics but I'm sure that most of you commenting on this particular situation have had more then you should have and got behind the wheel more then 2 times. Just because you didn't get caught doesn't mean your not a repeat offender........Guess what, you are! House arrest is a good alternative to going to jail especially when the offender is a single parent. Usually when house arrest is appointed you on a work release program so you are still able to provide for you family. You’re not sitting on the couch getting "sloshed", your working and tending after your children. Yes, driving under the influence is wrong and every time you do it your taking a chance. But if you so lucky to have not hurt anyone, throwing a single parent in jail and having your children go to foster care is not a good alternative.
rachel

Concord, MA

#91 Aug 21, 2007
I have been on house arrest for violation of probation after one DUI. I have been locked in my house for 8 months, and this is after 2 months incarceration. Pretty steep considering its only one DUI. I can tell all of you uneducated opinionaters that it is the hardest thing in my life, especially because I'm a single mother with two young children, and I'm on welfare. I have been extremely depressed and jobless. Plus I have paid thousands of dollars that I do not have....

Since: Mar 07

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#92 Aug 24, 2007
rachel
That's to bad your depressed.
Wonder how you would be feeling if you would have killed an innocent child or adult thru your stupidity to drink and drive.

My heart bleeds for you
BeNicePeolpe

Malvern, PA

#93 Mar 3, 2008
JerseyGurl wrote:
rachel
That's to bad your depressed.
Wonder how you would be feeling if you would have killed an innocent child or adult thru your stupidity to drink and drive.
My heart bleeds for you
with comments like that you should run for office..doesn't really sound like you have a heart, let alone a bleeding heart. you must be a saint to sit so high in judgment of others. what ever happened to not saying anything at all if you don't have anything nice to say? We have to work together and help each other in this world and stop hurting each other so much...then maybe people will stop drinking so much!
Bob Jacobs

Allentown, PA

#94 Mar 3, 2008
i was at the bar for 12 hours yest and drove home fine
Put Doug behind bars

Edgemont, PA

#95 Aug 11, 2008
annoyedinPA wrote:
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Alcohol classes really don't do anything to prevent DUI.
I know of an executive "DM" in Applewood neighborhood that should be in jail. It is his third DUI in 5 years this time he hit an object. He only has an ankle bracelet and does not spend time at home. I have seen him in bars and outside Lehigh County. His drug abuse, alcohol abuse and DUI rehab have not fixed the issue...

Where was the legal system on this issue?

Doug should be in jail!!!! Before he kills somebody next time.
Put Doug behind bars

Edgemont, PA

#96 Aug 11, 2008
norbert wrote:
DUI is not a ``minor offense.'' All you loser repeat drunk-drivers should be put in jail for years.
Agreed!
Gloam

Perkasie, PA

#97 Aug 14, 2008
There is an online survivial guide for being on House Arrest in Bucks County -

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/buckscountypaho...
blahblahblah

Willow Grove, PA

#98 Oct 29, 2008
How is it that people find drinking to be socially unacceptable and yet there are TONS of bars in this country. Then, the people who go to them are not expected to drive home. I think that the only reason there are laws against it are for the court systems to make money (and lots of it i might add.) Then, there's MADD. Get over it. Things happen and they happen for a reason. That's just my opinion.
Genius

Philadelphia, PA

#99 Dec 3, 2008
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I believe people should think about what they are doing BEFORE getting behind the wheel after a drink or more. Regardless of how much you drink when out on the town, you should NEVER take the chance. You could hurt someone because of your own stupidity. I drink alcohol, but in my own home. If I drink at a friend's house, I stay over. COMMON SENSE. I believe the tax payers should not have to pay for the stupidity of others, regardless of the crime. If the individual suffers, good, then maybe he/she will think twice before doing something STUPID again.[/QUOTE]
"You are a pedantic stooge that spews reckless thoughts and should be held accountable for your irrational slurs. Perhaps you should have your fingers cut off and your mouth closed to prevent you from sharing your myopic comments with the public. To punish someone for the potential harm that he or she might cause by driving under the influence of alcohol is analogous to punishing you for the harm you may cause by openly supporting these trenchant measures and destroying citizens' freedoms and constitutional rights in the process. You should commit yourself to Guantanamo Bay for the stupid words you have shared with society.
Lehigh county

Slatington, PA

#100 Dec 7, 2008
You are psychotic and obviously sheltered from the real world. Maybe your husband should leave you before you bring him down with your negativity.
JerseyGurl wrote:
They should have 2 islands in the Atlantic and 2 in the Pacific. 1 for the harden crimals and the other for offenders of drugs and alcohol.
No way to leave and feed them coconuts and water
that's it. Well maybe a dog bone for a treat once in a while.
When people break the laws an serve time they only break them again when they get out because they don't know how to relate to the real world.
Also I think when a person is put on death row
they should have to give up their organs before being put down. This way someone else can life out their life to the fullest.
If my husband got a DUI I want him to go to jail. I don't want him around to annoy me until his time is up.
Rocket Scientist

Fairport, NY

#101 Dec 7, 2008
Well said, Genius. LMAO!
Genius wrote:
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"You are a pedantic stooge that spews reckless thoughts and should be held accountable for your irrational slurs. Perhaps you should have your fingers cut off and your mouth closed to prevent you from sharing your myopic comments with the public. To punish someone for the potential harm that he or she might cause by driving under the influence of alcohol is analogous to punishing you for the harm you may cause by openly supporting these trenchant measures and destroying citizens' freedoms and constitutional rights in the process. You should commit yourself to Guantanamo Bay for the stupid words you have shared with society.
Sam418

Warrensburg, MO

#102 Apr 10, 2009
F off Iam sure you drove home after sipping on a beer and besides Iam sure you have some bad habbits of your own judge yourself before you judge others. Your putting all DUI offencse in one group. You can drive ater one drink and get a DUI.
norbert wrote:
DUI is not a ``minor offense.'' All you loser repeat drunk-drivers should be put in jail for years.
Carla

Lansdale, PA

#103 Apr 10, 2009
House arrest seems like a reasonable alternative as long as no one was injured and it is a first offense. All considerations need to be made by a judge and single parents (not just mothers) should not be the only consideration. If they violate this privledge (and it certainly is better than prison) then they need to go to prison.

I think Sam418 makes a valid point. Not all people arrested for drunk driving are out of their heads. Of course, since so much attention has been drawn to this problem, most people will think twice before having a drink and driving or make some kind of arrangement.

Alcholism and drug addiction are supposed to be "diseases" yet we throw these people in jail. Often times, they receive no real help but instead ordered to attend AA Meetings. I do understand the seriousness of this problem and I can only imagine how painful it must be for those who have lost loved ones in accidents because of a drunk driver. This is a problem of society today and so far, we haven't come up with any solutions that make sense.
Rich

Northbrook, IL

#104 Jun 27, 2009
House arrenst is definitely a better option than jail. If you are an otherwise law abiding citizen, with no criminal history, making a mistake and trying to get home after have a few drinks should not destroy one's entire life. This is what causes even more pressure on society, now you have an unemployed person who can't afford to pay their mortgage or car payments, etc. Please, give me a break, this is not appropriate. How 'bout we just make all offenders get a baid device installed, since that was the actual problem and crime, driving under the influence. Guess what, then they could never do it again. BUT no that would be too easy and not allow the gov. to make all the money they do off of these individuals. Therefore, solving the problem is not what they want to do, making money is.
dah

Exton, PA

#105 Jul 31, 2009
Its a proven fact that texting is over 20 times more distracting then dui. What ever happened to equality of the law. Orginizations such as madd are unconstitutional and are trampling on the rights of decent citizens. Maybe if they had been better parents there children would have been more alert drivers. Maybe the can text their state rep while there driving to their madd meeting.
dah

Exton, PA

#106 Jul 31, 2009
P.S. The non-profit Madd posted a record financial surplus of over 30 million last year. Just in pa. END PROHIBITION
ABC

United States

#107 Jan 25, 2010
DWI is a petty offense when you didnt harm anyone or anything. I wish the laws would stop trying to punish people who have commited a small offense, for the the acts of others who have done horrendous things. Charge people and punish people for what they actually did, not for what I could have done.
TRIPLE K

Allentown, PA

#108 Jan 25, 2010
ABC wrote:
DWI is a petty offense when you didnt harm anyone or anything. I wish the laws would stop trying to punish people who have commited a small offense, for the the acts of others who have done horrendous things. Charge people and punish people for what they actually did, not for what I could have done.
Spoken like the idiot you are.
I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
TRIPLE K

Emmaus, PA

#109 Feb 1, 2010
TRIPLE K wrote:
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Spoken like the idiot I am.
I will gladly pay you Tuesday for some physiatric therapy today.
PLEASE!!!!! Someone Help Me!!!!!

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