Graduation Day

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On Wednesday, July 9, the Oakland County Adult Treatment Court (ATC) conducted its 39th graduation since its inception in August of 2001. The 168th through the 177th graduates were honored with a ceremony and reception held in the Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium at the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac. Among those taking part in the ceremony were (front row, l-r) James Sheppard, Jenelle Webb, Oakland County Circuit Court Judges Joan Young and Colleen O’Brien, Tambra Simmons, and Andreas Passater; (back) Dennis Douglas, Michael Kellogg, Stephen McCormick, and Joaquin Leal. The Adult Treatment Court (ATC) has served 515 participants to date. The ATC is a four-phase intervention program for non-violent, felony offenders who find it difficult to maintain sobriety. Without the ATC program, these individuals would otherwise be facing a probable sentence of months, if not years, in jail or prison.  The program’s key elements are: extremely close judicial and community supervision, intense substance-abuse treatment, frequent substance abuse testing and a long-term commitment to program requirements. In addition, the participants are expected to find and maintain employment, consistently participate in treatment, pay court costs, including restitution to the victims of their crimes, and, of course, take responsibility for the support of their children. 
 
 Photo by John Meiu

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