Letter: Court program helps battle addictions

Court program helps battle addictions

In my time on the bench, I have found the Sobriety/Drug Court program to be a very useful tool in addressing substance abuse. I am honored to serve with fellow judges Robert Bondy and Travis Reeds on the 52-1 District Court bench, which serves the communities of Commerce, Highland, Lyon, Milford, Novi, South Lyon, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake and Wixom. As judges, many defendants come before us with drug or alcohol problems, and we strongly believe in crafting sentences with an eye toward addressing addiction issues.

Sobriety/Drug Court is an intensive program designed to identify and assist those defendants identifying with substance abuse using testing, treatment, incentives and penalties. The program uses a team approach involving the judge, participant, probation officer, therapist, treatment court coordinator and defense advocate, all working to help the participant and reduce recidivism. Sobriety/Drug Court is not easy, but it is effective, and the end reward for participants is reclaiming their lives from the grip of alcohol or drugs.

The 52-1 District Court recently held a graduation ceremony for those who completed the program. One such graduate spoke to the assembly about how the program changed his life. He has regained the trust of his wife and family, has a job, and, most importantly, is proud of himself and his sobriety.

The goal of a judge is to help people, so it is a privilege to take part in such a program and witness life changing results.

Thank you, treatment court team, probation staff and congratulations to our graduates. I look forward to continuing to assist people beat drug and alcohol addiction.

David Law

52-1 District Court judge


Schools resist oversight?

Re: The Detroit News’ Nov. 9 guest column, “Strong evaluations can boost teaching”: Amber Arellano offers a list of items she believes will improve education in Michigan. But it’s a list with few details about how to check off the items.

Why rock the boat with testing? There’s literally no reason for school districts to do testing to see how they’re doing.

School districts will try to maintain their independence in the face of state and federal mandates. Testing is a means of oversight so it will be resisted.

Allen Majorovic, Oak Park