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A Breakdown of Jo Jackson's Record

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- When a fatal accident involving a construction worker shook the city of Fayetteville in 2011, eyes were on the court system to provide justice for the family of Jack Luper.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- When a fatal accident involving a construction worker shook the city of Fayetteville in 2011, eyes were on the court system to provide justice for the family of Jack Luper.

According to court documents, Jo Jackson was charged with negligent homicide, DWI and, because she had her child in the car with her at the time, endangering a minor, all felony charges in this accident.

As part of a plea deal, Jackson pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, but all other charges were dropped.

Jackson's sentence? Six months in jail. She served 90 days.

"The police officers believed she was intoxicated because they charged her with that," Tim Snively, a local attorney said.

Sunday night, Jackson was back in police custody.

"Here she is again, 2 years later getting another DWI and very strange circumstances which would appear she was overly intoxicated," he said.

Fayetteville Attorney Tim Snively finds about 20 percent of those arrested for DWI will offend again.

"This is a situation where, our system right now is this, throw them in jail, just throw them in jail, but we're not trying to fix their problems and because we're doing that, their problems aren't being fixed and they're re-offending and continuing to pick up multiple DWI's," he said.

According to police reports, back in 2011, Jackson admitted to take pain killers after back surgery.

While she did serve jail time, Snively feels it may not be enough.

" I think our system has to have something in place to where once they've done their jail time, that we try to find out why they're doing this and fix it, because if we don't, they're probably going to reoffend, they could get out there and kill somebody."

There are monitoring devices for repeat offenders available for extreme cases.

"We have the technology out there now that can really keep people from drinking or if they are we can get at them right away," he said.

But Snively said, technology and time behind bars may not be getting to the base of the problem.

"It's not necessarily our responsibility as a community, but if we want to get people off the streets and stop drinking and driving, especially these chronic DWI offenders, we're going to have to fix their problem, because the system we're doing right now isn't working."

"The people we need to find and root out are those, like in probably this situation, where this person has a serious problem."

For more information on Jackson's case, click here.



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