Introduction & Program Overview
The Lenawee County Sobriety Court Program is modeled after drug treatment courts across the United States. It follows the ten key components of Sobriety Courts as established by the Department of Justice. The objective of this Sobriety Court is to see a reduction in recidivism for repeat Drunk Driver offenders who have significant alcohol and other drug addictions, thus enhancing public safety in our community.
The 2A District Sobriety Court will be in session each Monday. The Sobriety Court Staff will consist of two Judges, Defense Attorney, Assistant Prosecutor, Sobriety Court Probation Officer, Sobriety Court Coordinator, Substance abuse assessor and counseling representative, and local law enforcement officials who will meet prior to each court review hearing.
The majority of Sobriety Court participants will be OUIL 2nd/OWI 2nd/Impaired 2nd offenders. Other participants will be admitted, as space allows, keeping in mind that they must meet the criteria for significant alcohol/drug problems, and not have a history of violent crime.
The foundation of a successful Sobriety Court lies within the philosophy that while holding the participant accountable for his or her actions, the court also supports the participant overcoming his or her addiction and remaining abstinent from alcohol and other drugs. This will ultimately assure increased public safety through reduced recidivism. All of this is achieved through a supportive, non-adversarial judicial environment. Incentives are enveloped in our program to encourage progression through each phase. Sanctions are also used and shall be immediate and consistent on a graduated basis, including incarceration.
The 2A District Sobriety Court Program length will be a minimum of 52 weeks. Please note this is a minimum and one would only expect to graduate after 52 weeks if he or she has adhered to the program quickly and remained abstinent from alcohol and other drugs through this time frame, complying with all conditions. If problems adjusting to the programs are encountered, it will take longer than 52 weeks to complete the program.
The program encompasses 4 phases, each which is a minimum of 13 weeks in duration. Participants will be required to meet with the Sobriety Court Judge on a bi-weekly basis during Phase I, bi-weekly during Phase II, once monthly during Phase III. Finally, they will meet with the Judge once monthly prior to their Graduation during Phase IV. During all phases, the participant will meet frequently at scheduled and unscheduled times with their Probation Officer.
Following successful completion and graduation from the Sobriety Court Program, participants will remain on a non-reporting probation status from three to twelve months.
The mission of the Lenawee County Sobriety Court Program is to promote public safety through improved awareness, education, and personal accountability. This will be accomplished through cost-effective, judicially monitored and strictly supervised treatment based on a team approach to reduce recidivism and criminal justice cost while improving quality of life.
Sobriety Court Team
The Sobriety Court Team consists of: Judges, Probation Officer, Counselors, Coordinator, Defense Counsel and Prosecutor. Each team member has individual duties and responsibilities they perform for the successful operation of the Sobriety Court. All of their work culminates in the weekly staffing of Sobriety Court participants that will appear before the court that week. The staffing is a confidential hearing with each team member providing treatment and supervision recommendations based on the participants compliance. Due to the confidential nature of these discussions, specifics are not disclosed to the public. After the staffing is concluded and Court is convened, all team members present to the participants in attendance an image of unanimity. In keeping with the 10 key components of Sobriety Court, court is conducted in a non-adversarial manner.