Category Archives: Health

DWI Recovery Court Seeks To Address Root Causes Of Addiction

NMiF: new DWI approach provides hope for recovery

May 19, 2017 – Drunk driving deaths have been a concern for many years in New Mexico. Could drug courts help address the root causes of addiction for individuals while also helping increase public safety? This week we take a closer look at how the DWI Recovery Court works in Albuquerque. Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down this week with Judge Edward Benavidez and Daniel Blackwood, executive director of The Evolution Group. We also visit the court and meet a parole officer and current participant who says that program saved his life and has allowed him to work on maintaining sobriety while also continuing to run his local business.

Further Reading:
KUNM: Treatment vs. Incarceration In New Mexico
National Center for DWI Courts

New focus on treatment for repeat DWI offenders might provide hope for alcohol addiction recovery. Also a controversial ATF sting, Plus Gene Grant and the Line Panel.

NMiF: new DWI approach provides hope for recovery

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we visit the DWI Recovery Court in Bernalillo County and hear how a focus on treatment for repeat offenders might help people struggling with alcohol addiction and make the community safer.  NMiF Producer Sarah Gustavus interviews Judge Edward Benavidez and Daniel Blackwood, executive director of the Evolution Group, in the studio.

Correspondent Jeff Proctor sits down with attorney Brian Pori to talk about his case involving a defendant who was arrested in a controversial ATF sting in Albuquerque.

Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panels take on the latest news headlines, including what might happen with New Mexico’s budget when the special legislative session starts next week.  They also discuss concerns over the Albuquerque Police Department’s crash rate and look ahead to the 2018 New Mexico governor’s race.

Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus
Jeff Proctor

Studio Guests:
Judge Edward Benavidez,  Bernalillo County DWI Recovery Court
Daniel Blackwood, The Evolution Group
Brian Pori, attorney

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m.(pre-empted March 26) and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m (pre-empted March 25) and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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