ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) - Lenawee County, Michigan is trying out a new program designed to help those convicted of operating a motor vehicle with under the influence of drugs or alcohol avoid jail time. The "Sobriety Court" program keeps them out of jail, allowing them to stay employed, live at home and spend time with their family.
Participants are closely monitored, even being required to take drug and alcohol tests multiple times per day at the start of the program. The requirements are gradually relaxed as the program progresses, lasting 2 years in total. One judge involved with the program says its results have been spectacular.
"If you watched how he carried himself it changed a great deal and he went from having no relationship with his son to having a very good relationship with his son and that's what we're seeing some secondary pieces," said Judge Laura Schaedler.
The program costs about $7,000 per participant and is being paid for by grants.
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