Social Accountability Program changes how public drunkeness is punished

Oct 29, 2014 7:55 PM

The new Social Accountability Program, or "SAP," rolled out by the Butte County District Attorney's Office will change how young people are punished for public drunkenness.
According to District Attorney Mike Ramsey, if cited for public intoxication, people 23 years will still spend the night in jail. But instead of going to court, they will attend an 8 hour alcohol awareness class, and serve two 8 hour days of community service in Chico. The program applies to big Chico events including St. Patty's Day, Halloween, and the Labor Day weekend. The total cost of the citation will be $310. Ramsey says notably, since the offender will not go to court, that person will not have a record of the ticket. He says a public intoxication ticket could hinder an offender while applying for a job.


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