On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners recognized October as Oakland County Adult Treatment Court and Juvenile Drug Court Awareness Month during its evening meeting in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium in Pontiac.  Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis (second from left) and Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (center) were happy to present the proclamation to (l-r) Drug Treatment Court Supervisor Jackie Howes-Evanson, retired Judge Ed. Sosnick, and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Joan E. Young. Since 2001, the circuit court has established the Therapeutic Drug Treatment Courts for adults and juveniles to address substance abuse issues of offenders who are incarcerated for drug-related crimes. These courts have decreased recidivism rates and helped participants achieve employment to break the cycle of drug dependency and cut taxpayers’ costs for incarceration.
 Photo by John Meiu


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