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51st District Court
The Probation Department is responsible for the screening, assessment, and supervision of individuals considered for and/or placed on a term of probation. Probation is a privilege, not a right; it provides offenders with the opportunity to avoid incarceration providing they follow the stipulations of their probation order to the letter. Each of the probation officers at the 51st District Court has earned her certification as Criminal Justice Professional through the state of Michigan, and is well versed in substance abuse, addiction and mental health.
In February of 2001, the 51st District Court implemented a Sobriety Court in an effort to reduce the incidence of drunk driving by promoting recovery of offenders charged with drinking and driving offenses.
In February 2001, the 51st District Court implemented its Sobriety Court Program which requires all offenders convicted of operating under the influence or minor in possession of alcohol undergo a biopsychosocial assessment to determine their individual level of addiction and probationary needs. The program is aimed at holding offenders accountable and reducing the incidence of drunk driving by promoting recovery, linking participants to community resources that foster pro-social development and personal growth.