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Mason Holds 28th Sobriety Court Graduation

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MASON, Mich. (WLNS) - Mason's 55th District Court is holding its 28th graduation ceremony for sobriety court on Tuesday.

The ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. at Mason City Hall.

"We are very proud of our program, our participants, and of the community support we consistently receive," said Judge Donald L. Allen, Jr., presiding judge of the 55th District Court's Sobriety Court.

Including the 2014 graduates, 335 people have graduated from the 55th District Court Sobriety Court. As of April 2011, 81 percent had not be re-arrested and 93 percent had not been convicted of new alcohol of drug relates offenses.

According to the Ingham County Sheriff's Office the 55th District Court Sobriety Court is also saving Ingham County taxpayers money by reducing the time offenders spend in jail. Participants in sobriety court avoid "up front" jail terms, which means jail utilization has significantly decreased.

In 2012 the time spent in jail for OWI 3rd offenders was reduced by 360 days and 476 days for OWI 2nd offenders. The Ingham County Sheriff's Office says the savings add up to $54 per day, which is $45,144.

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