- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a special court that gives DWI defendants the option of treatment over jail time has graduated two men.

The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office says the men’s graduation ceremony was held Wednesday. It comes after both completed the treatment phase of the Second Judicial District’s DWI court program.

A spokesman for District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says the program is designed to keep offenders out of jail and set a path for them to sobriety.

Judge Jacqueline Flores presided over Wednesday’s DWI court graduation.

Authorities say the cost of DWI court is about $7 per day for the county compared to the $92 price tag it faces for jailing inmates.

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