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Posted on: November 1, 2016

23rd District Court receives $240,000 grant for drug-sobriety program

The 23rd District Court in Taylor announced that it has received $240,000 from the Michigan Supreme Court to fund the operation of its drug/sobriety program.
Instead of costly incarceration, problem-solving courts, like this one, closely supervise offenders who are required to enroll in treatment programs and be drug tested regularly. Extensive follow-up analysis shows that participants in these courts are far less likely to resort to the same problematic activity.
“A recent study from the State of Michigan found that less than 2.5 percent of the graduates of the 23rd District Court Regional drug/sobriety treatment program received a new conviction with two to four years of admission to the program," Judge Geno Salomone said. "This means that 98 percent of these graduates, most of whom have a long history of criminal behavior, no longer commit crimes and they are gainfully employed. This is a huge benefit to our community.”
The most recent Michigan Supreme Court Problem-Solving Court Report, “Solving Problems, Saving Lives,” shows that similar results occur throughout the state:
Graduates of Michigan drug courts are two times less likely to commit another offense after two years.
Graduates of Michigan sobriety courts are more than three times less likely to commit another offense after two years.
Unemployment among adult circuit drug court graduates was slashed by 85 percent and dropped by 75 percent among sobriety court graduates.
Ninety-three percent of juvenile drug court graduates improved their education level.
The 23rd District Court has graduated 144 individuals since the program began in 2004. As the first state in the nation to establish regional sobriety courts in 2013, Michigan is a national leader in increasing access and improving efficiency. The Michigan Supreme Court works with several state and federal grant programs to secure funding for these courts. The process of awarding the grants is highly competitive and funding is limited.
Performance of problem-solving courts is tracked by the Michigan Supreme Court as part of a broader performance measures initiative to monitor court performance statewide.

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