Adult Treatment court recognizes graduates

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The Oakland County Adult Treatment Court (ATC) conducted its 57th graduation since its inception in August of 2001. The 311th through the 322nd graduates were honored with a ceremony and reception held Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Oakland County Commissioners’ Auditorium at the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac. Presiding over the graduation were Oakland County Circuit Court Chief Judge Shalina D. Kumar (far left) and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jeffery Matis (far right). The ATC has served 796 participants to date. It offers a sentencing alternative for non-violent felony offenders with serious substance abuse problems. This program addresses the underlying substance abuse problems that lead many offenders to engage in criminal behavior. The focus is to intervene in the substance abuse and eliminate criminal activity through intense court supervision and utilization of various recovery and counseling services. Beyond the extremely close judicial and community supervision and the intense substance-abuse treatment, frequent substance abuse testing is required. In addition, the participants are expected to find and maintain employment, pay court costs, including restitution to the victims of their crimes, and take responsibility for the support of their children.

– Photo by John Meiu

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