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Alternatives to Prison: Mark Grace’s Sentence

Mark Grace DUI Our criminal justice system should embrace alternative prison sentencing. Although Mark Grace received two DUI charges within 15 months, he was sentenced to four months work release. Mark Grace is allowed to work, but is locked up at night. He is allowed to remain a productive member of society and his family’s finances remain stable. As the following article reports, he faces other restrictions. More effective addiction programs and flexible sentencing will reduce our overcrowded prisons and reduce recidivism.

By Laurie Merrill The Republic | azcentral.com Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:52 PM

Former Diamondbacks player and broadcaster Mark Grace was booked into jail Sunday morning to begin serving a four-month term for his DUI conviction.

Grace pleaded guilty to reduced charges last month stemming from an August arrest in Scottsdale, which marked his second DUI arrest in 15 months.

He was booked in the Lower Buckeye jail Sunday morning but will serve his term in Tent City, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies said.

Grace will report to Tent City from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m until June 10. He will be allowed to leave to work during the day.

The Diamondbacks have rehired Grace as a Spring Training coach and instructor.

On Jan. 31, Grace pleaded guilty to one count each of endangerment and DUI. He was originally charged with four counts of aggravated DUI, which carry mandatory prison time. Two counts were dropped and the other two were reduced.

Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Jerry Bernstein sentenced Grace to four months of work release and two years of supervised probation. Grace must use an interlock device for six months, Bernstein said, and the state Department of Motor Vehicles will determine when Grace can get back his driver’s license.

Grace is in counseling and participates in a group for people who have problems with alcohol, his attorney, Larry Kazan, said in court.

Grace, he said, “has really taken this matter to heart.”

Grace was arrested about 9 p.m. Aug. 23 after he was pulled over while driving near 7200 E. McCormick Parkway in Scottsdale.

Tests showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.095 percent, which is above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Scottsdale police said.

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2 Responses to Alternatives to Prison: Mark Grace’s Sentence

  1. Jennifer J. Bland February 13, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    DWI (DUI) is serious business, the risks of safety to all on the roads of a driver under the influence, a very dangerous, and hazardous situation. I would hate to think I was driving on a road with a person committing DWI (DUI), and wonder how many times had this person been STOPPED and TICKETED by police, and how many times had this person GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT without getting pulled over. The first offense, rehabilitation classes, suspended license, MADD classes, community service (40 hours min.) and fines and fees. 2nd offense, in-treatment rehab. (3 months min.) lock-down. *And all the other added. 3rd offense (1 year) in-patience treatment, locked down, loss of all privileges, and all the other added. *JAIL and PRISON are not the answer to alcoholism. *It’s only a temporary HOLDING CELL.
    It’s not a crime to get help, it’s a crime NOT TO GET HELP, knowing you have a problem that is a threat to yourself and to others.

    Additional Comments–

    Angela–In York County Pennsylvania, DUI Court sentences defendents to wear a alcohol detecting device that they wear on their ankle for period of time. It tests for alcohol that comes through the skin, the defendent reports to probation to have the data downloaded and then the probation is made aware if the defendent has been drinking alcohol. Keystone Home Monitoring has a device that is not attached to the defendents body but stays in their home and the defendent has to blow into the unit several times a day. When the defendent blows into the device their picture is also shown. The picture picks up their face and everything in the background. The picture is transmitted to our office via email and we know instantly if the defendent has been drinking. This photo also shows if anyone in the background is drinking, if there are beer cans sitting around the house, etc. This is an effective way to ensure that a DUI offender does not drink alcohol and keeps them out of the overcrowded prisons. The majority of our offenders have been charged with Driving Under Suspended License, DUI related.

    Carol–Are there any new programs for re-entry for females that are out there now? i am looking for something that really helps and is new and innovative. Thanks!

    Ed– According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in our country about 78 per cent of our corrections population is in some type of community (alternative) supervision rather than locked up. In some states it’s higher than 90 per cent. If the goal is to have more alternatives to incarceration, mission accomplished. If there’s some other goal in mind, I’m all ears (or eyes in this matter).

    Bradley–note following report– WASHINGTON – About 6.98 million people were under some form of adult correctional supervision in the U.S. at yearend 2011, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. This was the equivalent of about one in 34 U.S. adults (or about 2.9 percent of the adult population) in prison or jail or on probation or parole, the lowest rate of adults under correctional supervision observed since 2000.

    The adult correctional population declined by 1.4 percent or 98,900 offenders during 2011. This was the third consecutive year of decline in the number of offenders under the supervision of adult correctional authorities.

    The population under adult correctional supervision includes prisoners in the custody of state and federal facilities, local jail inmates, probationers and parolees. Probation is a court-ordered period of correctional supervision in the community, generally used as an alternative to incarceration. Parole is a period of conditional supervised release in the community following a prison term.

    At yearend 2011, about 4,814,200 offenders were supervised in the community on probation or parole, and 2,239,800 were incarcerated in state or federal prisons or local jails. About one in 50 adults was under community supervision while about one in 107 adults was in prison or jail.

  2. Terri LeClercq February 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I am delighted to learn that AZ is willing to work with repentents on aternative sentencing. I just hope that the leniency will apply to those who are not sports figures…

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