Court honors graduates at ceremony

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On Wednesday, July 10, the Oakland County Adult Treatment Court (ATC) conducted its 59th graduation since its inception in 2001.  The 327th through the 338th graduates were honored with a ceremony and reception held in the Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium at the Oakland County Courthouse.  Oakland County Circuit Court Chief Judge Shalina Kumar (second from right) along with Judges Phyllis McMillen (far right) and Jeffrey Matis (far left) presided over the graduation.  The ATC has served 806 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.  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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