2A District Court Probation Staff
Chief Probation Officer
Deputy Court Clerk
OUR OFFICE IS OPEN:
MOST LUNCHES ARE TAKEN FROM NOON-1PM
THERE ARE NO CHILDREN ALLOWED (UNDER THE AGE OF 17) IN THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT
(BASED ON LAST NAME)
A-E 1ST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
F-L 2ND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
M-R 3RD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
S-Z 4TH WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
8AM-11AM OR 1PM-4PM
*It is at the discretion of your Probation Officer if you report late if he/she will see you or not*
*WE DON'T TAKE REPORTS ON THE 5TH WED. OF The MONTH*
To possibly save some time when you report, print out the report form below and fill it out ahead of time. Bring it in and put it in your Probation Officer's box at the end of the counter.
DRUG SCREEN POLICY/FEE'S:
Please see attachment below for all drug screen (colors) information.
-All fines and costs must be paid at time they are assessed, unless arrangements are made for monthly payments, and must be followed accordingly.
TYPE OF PAYMENTS ACCEPTED ARE:
CASH, CHECK, VISA/MASTERCARD(OWNER MUST BE PRESENT), MONEY ORDER/CASHIER'S CHECK
Make checks payable to: 2A DISTRICT COURT
Community Service Work
Unless CSW is ordered by the Judge, you must first get permission from your Probation Officer to start hours.
Below is a list of Community Service Work Agencies that have been pre-approved by our court. If you are un-sure of an agency please contact your Probation Officer for approval.
Blank AA forms can be picked up at the Probation Department
Click on the link below for a list of AA meetings in the Lenawee County Area
VICTIM IMPACT PANEL/MADD PROGRAM
The Lenawee County Victim Impact Panel is held on the following dates:
Monday, October 7, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
It is located at:
Lenawee County Human Services Building
MSU Spartan Room
1040 S Winter St.
Adrian, Mi 49221
- Panel starts at 7pm, please be there by 6:45pm
- $20.00 cash fee payable upon attendance
- You will NOT be accepted into the panel if you are late
- Failure to attend could result in a violation of your probation and/or an extra $50 fee and 20 hours of Community Service Work
- No young children are allowed
- Drinking or illicit drug use prior to attendance is strictly prohibited
- No cell phones and/or pagers are allowed
- No food or drinks are allowed
- You must attend on the date that was given to you by your Probation Officer
FOR MADD/VICTIM IMPACT PANELS OUT OF LENAWEE COUNTY PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.
Introduction and 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.
Ten Key Components
Sobriety courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing.
Treatment is a critical factor in reducing recidivism among substance abuse offenders. The streamlining of court procedures by fast tracking cases and increased access to treatment will reduce the number of cases being set for trial as well as reducing the time between the dates of offense-sentencing-and initiation of treatment. These cases will be processed and a plea taken within 30 days of offense.
Offenders will be places in Phase I after a thorough substance abuse assessment is completed. This will be conducted between plea and sentencing. From that, a treatment plan will be laid-out as to his or her needed level of treatment and incorporated into his or her treatment plan and Sobriety court contract. Treatment providers will update the court on a weekly bases regarding offenders progress.
Using a non-adversarial approach, the prosecution and defense counsel will promote public safety while protecting participants due proves rights.
All team members will work together toward the common goals of reducing recidivism and rehabilitating offenders. A team approach will be utilized to ensure the participant receives prompt treatment for his or her addiction while the defense counsel will be primarily charged with ensuring the protection of his or her due process rights. No plea will be taken from an offender unless he or she has met with either their own hired counsel, or court-appointed counsel, who will be knowledgeable of the Sobriety Court and its benefits.
This program will be a post conviction, probationary status program, therefore ensuring there is a formal adjudication of the matter.
Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed in the Sobriety Court Program.
All defendants coming before the court with a 2nd or subsequent arrest for drunk driving will initially be eligible. This will target offenders who might have otherwise been looking up to one year in the county jail. At most 40 offenders will be in Phase O or OO, at any given time.
All OUIL arraignments should take place within 14 days of arrest/offense. The pre-trial hearing will be set within 14 days of arraignment. If the defendant has not retained an attorney, a court-appointed attorney, knowledgeable in sobriety court, will be present to advise and counsel the individual.
The Sobriety Court Probation Officer will be charged with the initial identification of potential participants via a check of LEIN. Offenders with a prior violent, felony conviction will be ineligible for placement into Sobriety Court. Offenders who appear to be eligible for placement into Sobriety Court will be administered a short alcohol screening by probation at the arraignment to determine initial suitability. If deemed eligible, pre-trial will be set for 14 days after the arraignment. As a condition of bond, the offender will be required to submit to an alcohol assessment through Central Diagnostic & Referral (CDRS) during that time.
At the pre-trial, if all eligibility criteria have been met, the prosecutor will offer the offender Sobriety Court participation. If the offender and his or her attorney accept placement into this program, sentencing will occur that date. Sentencing will include all aspects of PHASE I, including the appropriate placement into substance abuse treatment. The offender will then formally begin Sobriety Court.
Sobriety courts provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug and related treatment and rehabilitation services.
In order to tailor the treatment service plan to the individual= s needs and financial situation, we will rely on the needs assessment that is completed prior to sentencing. Specifically, we will be working in conjunction with, Mid-South Substance Abuse Commission, McCullough Vargas and Associates Counseling, Lenawee Intermediate School District, National Council on Alcoholism, and others, for substance abuse and Life skills services. We will partner with Community Mental Health to address the mental health issues of our co-occurring disorder offenders. We will work with MICHIGAN WORKS and other educational agencies for education and job placement/skills. Other community service agencies will be networked with when the need arises for housing, literacy, Life skills, and family issues.
Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing.
Participants will be required to initially submit to twice Daily PBTs and weekly random urine screens. Testing will continue through each Phase, however, the frequency will diminish as he/she progresses through all the phases. Testing will remain on at least a random basis until graduation. Violations of testing will result in immediate, graduated sanctions, which will include increased testing.
A coordinated strategy governs Sobriety court responses to participants' compliance.
The Sobriety Court Team will continue to meet with local law enforcement on a quarterly basis, or as more often if needed, to discuss a continued collaborative approach to working together. We will have Sobriety Court participants probation conditions entered into LEIN. Local law enforcement will be instructed to call the Probation Officer immediately if they have contact with an offender.
This department will coordinate with local law enforcement to team-up with a specific police officer to do random home visits on offenders at times when the court is not normally open to the public.
A specific Probation Officer will be dedicated as the Sobriety Court Probation Officer. Each offender will meet with this Officer, at least once weekly, during Phase I. Following this, he/she will meet with this officer bi-weekly and eventually monthly during the subsequent phases.
Each offender will also be subject to scheduled home visits by his/her officer.
Ongoing judicial interaction with each Sobriety court participant is essential.
Initially, the Judge will meet with each participant on a weekly basis eventually moving to a monthly basis in Phase II. The participant meets twice with the Judge in Phase III, and once prior to their Graduation during Phase IV. The Judge will oversee the graduation ceremony as well.
Some offenders who have been assessed to as special-needs offenders, could be placed on weekly reporting to the Judge, until the team feels he/she is ready to move to the normal rotation of bi-weekly court hearings.
Offenders can be moved back to a previous Phase if their progress stalls or a violation occurs, which would result in more frequent judicial involvement, as outlined in each phase.
Although a program where the participant does not relapse is ideal, the research sustains that relapse is a part of the recovery process for substance dependent individuals. In order to effectively deal with relapses and noncompliance, our program will consist of graduated sanctions that will be applied as an immediate consequence.
In addition, incentives will be incorporated into our program to recognize successes. The business community will be solicited for gift certificates and/or prizes to present to the participants as an incentive for reaching milestones (i.e. entering a new phase) on the way to full recovery and sobriety. Certificates will also be awarded to participants when they partake in their graduation ceremony.
Participants will be required to make a contribution towards their Sobriety Court program costs. Participants with special financial concerns will be required to contribute via community service work, as deemed appropriate by the team.
Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness
To evaluate the success of our program, we have partnered with Researchers at Siena Heights University to conduct an evaluation of our program, including an analysis of the rate of recidivism of Sobriety Court participants compared to those placed on a regular probationary period for similar charges. We will also work with the Secretary of State to extrapolate a two year control group of offenders with similar criteria of our Sobriety Court participants, to compare recidivism rates.
We will work with our IT department and software providers to be able to manage and collect the data needed to accomplish this. A software program that best fits these needs would need to be purchased. The evaluation data is critical to justifying the continuance of the program.
Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective Sobriety court planning, implementation and operations.
The2A District Court was selected and continues to be involved with the federally funded Sobriety Court Planning Initiative Training. This training consists of three phases which were attended by our collaborative team (Judges, Chief P.O., Coordinator, Prosecutor, Defense Attorney, treatment representative, Sheriff, and evaluators). The Sobriety court team continued to meet weekly until the implementation of our program. Once the program is established, we will continue to meet monthly to discuss developments and improvements. The core team: Judge, Probation and treatment will meet weekly at Sobriety Court sessions.
Forging partnerships among Sobriety courts, public agencies and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances Sobriety court program effectiveness.
To gather community support, we have already established a Steering committee which consists of representatives from law enforcement, MADD, substance abuse and mental health treatment community, support-group community, faith-based community and education. This steering committee will meet quarterly to address the needs of the community in relationship to the operation of the sobriety court.
In addition, we will continue to foster additional collaboration with other community agencies by speaking to local rotary, chamber of commerce, police, media and other stakeholders, on an ongoing basis.
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.
Please click on the link below to see the different phases.
Any questions you may have regarding Sobriety Court need to be addressed to the Sobriety Court Coordinator, Heidi Cannon.