Genesee County Sobriety Court Has 83% Pass Rate – The Good News
There are 32 people in the program and none of them have been re-arrested.
Judge Vikki Bayeh Haley was tired of seeing people go to jail for alcohol-related offenses, so she decided to start a program to treat the problem instead of putting a band-aid on it.
In the sobriety program, offenders are offered counseling, drug testing and incentives for staying sober. But mainly, it's a support group.
Of course, they could face jail time if they violate the rules of the program. But some are also given community service or work detail with the Sheriff's department.
The 83% completion rate is actually above average for the entire state of Michigan. Judge Bayeh Haley hopes that she can expand the program so that they don't have to turn people away.
Congrats to everybody involved! This is real progress!