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Sobriety Court

Mission Statement

To enhance the public safety and community welfare by reducing recidivism among alcohol offenders. The mission is accomplished through an interdisciplinary approach which includes intensive supervision, individualized treatment, and personal accountability through frequent judicial review. The program will effectively use court and community resources to support individuals in developing and maintaining a substance free lifestyle.

Program Overview

In 2005, the 54-A District Court implemented the Sobriety Court program in response to the serious community problem of drunk driving.

The program's multifaceted approach utilizes a team concept. It includes a fast-track system with routine team staffing, frequent interaction with a Judge, intensive supervision by the probation officers, intensive treatment, random drug screening, alcohol testing, community service and attendance at a MADD Victim Impact Panel.

Treatment consists of individualized assessment and treatment planning, individual and group counseling for substance abuse and other issues, 12 step meetings, home visits, education, life skills, parenting and employment issues.

Positive reinforcement is provided for performance in the program. Sanctions are imposed and therapeutic interventions made in response to non-compliance. 

Eligibility
  • Non-violent defendants who have been convicted of repeat drinking and driving offenses may be eligible for the program.
  • Participants must live in the greater Lansing area.
Phases of the Program

Each of the program's phases is designed with a built-in incentive point system. Participants receive credit for requirements performed which advances them through the phases.

Phase 1: Beginning Your Sober Lifestyle (12 week minimum)

  • Judicial one-on-one review every two weeks
  • Meet with probation officer once a week
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Daily alcohol testing
  • Random drug screening
  • Employment
  • 12 step meetings (i.e. AA) and sponsor
  • Journaling
  • Payments to the court

Phase 2: Creating Your Healthy Living Plan (12 week minimum)

  • Judicial one-on-one review every four weeks
  • Meet with probation officer every two weeks
  • 10 hours of community service
  • Attend MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • Continue a "Healthy Living Plan"
  • Continue all other programs listed in Phase 1

Phase 3: Working Your Healthy Living Plan (12 week minimum)

  • Judicial one-on-one review every six weeks
  • Meet with probation officer every two weeks
  • 20 hours of community service
  • 3 month reviews with counselors
  • Continue with all other programs listed in Phase 1
  • Transitional Phase (12 week minimum)

Phase 4: Giving Back - Preparation for Transition (16 week minimum)

  • Judicial one-on-one review every eight weeks
  • Meet with probation officer monthly
  • 3 month reviews with counselors
  • Continue all programs in Phase 1
  • Pay all court fees in full
  • Update your Plan

Graduation Ceremony

Upon successful completion of all phases and all court fees paid in full.

Post-Graduation: Living Your Plan (12 to 24 months)

  • Judicial review every three months
  • Meet with probation officer every 3 months or as directed
  • Submit monthly report form
  • 12 step meetings
  • Random alcohol/drug screening
Contact
54A-District Court
6th Floor City Hall
124 W Michigan Ave
Lansing ,MI 48933
(517) 483-4433

HOURS
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.