Graduation Day

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The Oakland County Adult Treatment Court (ATC) conducted its 52nd graduation since its inception in August of 2001. The 256th through the 258th graduates were honored Wednesday, Oct. 4, with a ceremony and reception held in the Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium at the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac. Oakland County Circuit Court Judges Hala Jarbou (far left) and Shalina D. Kumar (far right) presided over the graduation which featured (left to right) Idan Phillips, Alex Miller, and Kerry Leach. The ATC has served 729 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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