MORGANTOWN — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is backing a potential new substance abuse program aimed at curbing repeat offenses.

The program is called the 24/7 Sobriety Project and originated in South Dakota.

Morrisey recently sent a letter to the chairs of the House and Senate Judiciary committees urging them to take a look at the program. Morrisey spokesman Curtis Johnson said Morrisey is also working with legislators to introduce a bill.

A RAND Corp. study of the project showed that from 2005 to 2010, more than 17,000 residents had participated. At the county level, the study saw a 12 percent reduction in repeat DUI arrests and a 9 percent reduction in domestic violence arrests.

Senate Judiciary chair Charles Trump, R-Morgan, and House Judiciary chair John Shott, R-Mercer, both said they have received and read Morrisey’s letter and are interested in looking at the program.