Public Date: 9/24/2012 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048
Pontiac, Michigan -- Judges Nancy Carniak and Julie Nicholson of the 52nd District Court, 3rd Division located in Rochester Hills are hosting the Fall Sobriety Court graduation. The keynote speaker is Mike Bishop, former State Senate Majority Leader and current candidate for Oakland County Prosecutor. The graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the City of Auburn Hills Community Center and the public is welcome to attend.
Students from the Criminal Justice and Social Work departments of Oakland University and Oakland Community College will attend this event. The goal is to educate future professionals about the benefits of Sobriety Court by allowing them to hear the graduates' transformational sobriety stories.
Sobriety Court is a special, non-adversarial court docket designed to offer immediate treatment to a non-violent offender for substance abuse, along with drug testing and judicial supervision. The goal is to reduce repeat offenders and promote a healthy lifestyle. Sobriety Court promotes abstinence by providing a continuum of rehabilitative services and intense court supervision. The program is designed to assist an offender in making better choices about drugs and alcohol and improving social behavior.
The Court started this program in April of 2006. Since its inception 61 people have successfully completed the program. Eight participants will be graduating on Thursday evening.
For media inquiries only, please contact Renée S. Gillért, Court Administrator, at 248 853-5553, option 5.