Many Choosing Jail Time Over Probation

Mark William Ivey really, really did not want to be on probation. He wanted to do his jail time and get on with his life — and his drinking.

At his trial in Travis County, where he was charged with driving while intoxicated, Ivey declined to give the jury the option to sentence him to probation. He contended he didn’t need treatment, and despite blood-alcohol tests that showed he was over twice the legal limit, Ivey told jurors he was not too impaired to drive. “Yes, I will drive again with alcohol in my system,” he told the jury. When ...

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