Sobriety Court

 
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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the 10th District Sobriety Court is to take an active role in promoting the safety and
well-being of our community by recognizing alcoholism and drug dependence as a disease, drunk/drugged driving as a destructive choice, and offering a court-supervised treatment program to those is need.  Sobriety Court accomplishes our mission through education, intensive treatment and strict court supervision.  Our mission is driven by our community's need for public safety, accountability, education, rehabilitation, reduced victimization, cost effectiveness, a commitment to a substance-free life, and to break generational cycles.
 

GOALS

Sobriety Court has three main goals:
1. To break the generational cycle of alcohol abuse in families;
2. To enhance public safety by reducing drunk/drugged driving; and
3. To demand accountability from participants through enhanced court
     supervision
 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

1. Calhoun County resident (non-residents will be considered on a case- 
     by-case basis based on ability
     to meet program requirements.
2. Currently charged with a misdemeanor alcohol/drug related driving
    offense.
3. Have previously been charged with or convicted of an alcohol/drug
    related driving offense, or a driving
    offense where alcohol/drugs were a factor.
4. Not presently charged with, or have a pattern of assaultive (juvenile or
    adult) behavior, the 
    carrying/possessing/use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, or
    criminal sexual conduct.
 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Sobriety Court is a four phase program.  Each phase has specific requirements that all participants must meet.  One of the most significant requirements is substance abuse treatment.  Advancement to the next phase is based on a participant's compliance with program requirements and number of days sober in their current phase.
 
Every participant is assigned a probation case manager and must appear either bi-weekly or monthly (depending on what phase they are in) before the Sobriety Court Judge.  Prior to every court review, the Sobriety Court Review Committee, made up of the Judge, case managers, a prosecuting attorney, a defense attorney, a treatment provider, a judicial enforcement division officer and the Sobriety Court Coordinator, meet to discuss every participant's compliance or lack of compliance with program requirements.  The Sobriety Court Review Committee recommends to the Judge whether a participant will receive a positive performance review or a sanction for lack of compliance.  Everything discussed in the Sobriety Court Review Committee team meeting is confidential.  Every participant's privacy is protected.
 

PROBLEM-SOLVING COURTS

Drug treatment courts started in the late 1980s in response to a firmly held belief that the traditional criminal justice system was not successfully handling drug related cases.  This belief spread to other types of cases involving drunk driving, family abuse and mental health.  Today there are problem-solving courts to treat juveniles as well as adults.  Drug courts, sobriety courts, veterans treatment courts and mental health treatment courts are successfully providing individuals with the tools to change their lives.  The success of problem-solving comes from mixing strict court supervision with intense treatment and participant accountability.  At first, Sobriety Court will most likely seem restrictive and overwhelming, but as a participant gains tools and develops skills, those feelings will lessen.  Research proves that problem-solving courts are successful.  For more information on problem-solving courts visit: www.allrise.org
 

Case Managers

Rebecca Elder (email)

Mike Horn (email)

Probation Dept. Tel. #
269-969-6651
 
Other Important Tel. #s
Hands on Battle Creek: 2-1-1
Sentry: 269-719-8329
 
2016 Sobriety Court Review Schedule
DATES DATES
January 7* July 7*
January 21 July 21
February 4* August 4*
February 18 August 18
March 3* September 1*
March 17 September 15
March 31 September 29
April 14* October 13*
April 28 October 27
May 12* November 10*
May 26 November 23 (WED)
June 9* December 8*
 June 23 December 22 
* denotes Graduation session
 
1st Session - Phase I and II: 1:00 pm
2nd Session - Phase III and IV: 3:00 pm
 
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