Judges congratulate treatment court grads


– Photo by John Meiu

The Oakland County Adult Treatment Court (ATC) recently conducted its 47th graduation since its inception in August of 2001. Oakland County Circuit Court Judges Joan Young (front row, third from left) and Shalina Kumar (front row, third from right) congratulated the graduates at a ceremony and reception held in the Commissioners Auditorium at the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac. Among the graduates were (front row, left to right) Maynard Aldrich, Amanda Kirn, Renee Fazica and Robert Haynes along with (back row, left to right) Timothy Simmons, Michael Castello and Dustin Kaiser. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen sent a congratulatory letter to the graduates in which she called completion of the program “a tremendous achievement that requires a great deal of determination and strength.” The ATC offers a sentencing alternative for non-violent felony offenders with serious substance abuse problems.