A Drug Court is a special court that is given the responsibility to handle cases involving non-violent, drug-using offenders through comprehensive supervision, drug testing and treatment services. A Drug Court has much more oversight than traditional probation or parole. Violations are detected early and sanctions, as well as incentives for good behavior and progress, are immediate, increasing the likelihood of successful rehabilitation.
The Warren/Centerline Drug Court (A.S.A.P) was started by the Honorable Dawnn Gruenburg in October of 1999, in an effort to relieve congestion in our court system. The City of Warren, being the 3rd largest city in the State of Michigan, has a population of approximately 138,000. Because of the size and location we have also contributed the largest portion of the overall crime rate in Macomb County. The majority of this criminal activity has been directly related to the use of drugs and alcohol.
The mission of the Warren/Centerline Drug Court is to stop the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related criminal activity.
Judge Gruenburg’s goals have been to reduce recidivism, to increase public safety and to save tax payer dollars by cutting down costs with unnecessary incarceration. She has accomplished this by placing non-violent offenders, as well as probation and parole violators with identifiable substance abuse problems, into the Drug Court. The structured, non-adversarial, treatment oriented program helps the participants to take responsibility for their crimes and their futures.
The Drug Court program requirements are as follows: To submit to random drug and alcohol testing, engage in substance abuse counseling (and mental health counseling, if needed), attend weekly court and/or case management sessions, obtain employment and/or school, pay a program fee, obtain a GED, High School diploma, and/or job training, attend a minimum of 3 AA/NA meetings per week, perform community service, attend Nutrition and Money Management classes (and Anger Management/Parenting when appropriate), and other required drug court activities.
DRUG COURT STATISTICS
- TO DATE, THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 200 GRADUATES FROM THE DRUG COURT PROGRAM
- OUR RECIDIVISM RATE REMAINS AT 24%,TRACKED OVER AN 8 YR. PERIOD (most programs only track recidivism for 2 years)
- WE HAVE SAVED THE TAXPAYERS OVER 5 MILLION DOLLARS IN INCARCARATION FEES ALONE, SINCE THE INCEPTION OF OUR PROGRAM
- IT COSTS A MINIMUM OF $30,000 ANNUALLY, TO INCARCERATE ONE PERSON
- IT COSTS BETWEEN $2,500 AND $4,000 PER PERSON TO GO THROUGH THE DRUG COURT PROGRAM
- WE HAVE GRADUATED 9 WOMEN WHO DELIVERED DRUG FREE BABIES WHILE IN OUR PROGRAM. THEIR DRUG OF CHOICE WAS EITHER HEROIN OR CRACK COCAINE
- WE HAVE REJOINED COUNTLESS FAMILIES, AS WELL AS SAVING MANY LIVES
DRUG COURT STAFF
Drug Court Main Line: 586-574-4966.
Drug Court Fax: 586-574-0445
Judge Jennifer Faunce: 586-574-4914
Coordinator – Tom Jekielek: 586-574-4944
Case Manager – Donna Cilluffo: 586-574-4961
The Warren Drug Court is open during the following hours:
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:00 NOON and 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 12:00 NOON and 1:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Drug Court offices are located in the lower level of the 37th District Court building, 8300 Common Rd., Warren, MI 48093. Covered parking is provided free of charge in the City parking garage, located adjacent to the City Hall, and across the street, south of the 37th District Court and the Warren Police Department.
OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Macomb County Community Mental Health (for questions regarding mental health treatment for Macomb County Residents) – 586-469-5275
CARE (Community Assessment Referral and Education) –County Referral Agency for Macomb County residents on Medicaid or without health insurance who are interested in obtaining Substance Abuse treatment – 586-541-2273
Michigan Rehabilitative Services (MRS) (Job training Assistance) – 586-498-5852
Leaps and Bounds – GED preparation, literacy classes and numerous award winning programs for the community – 586-759-3895
Macomb County Community Services Agency – For assistance in obtaining emergency services (food, utility payments, etc.) – 586-759-9150
Alcoholics Anonymous Toll Free Hotline – 877-337-0611
Narcotics Anonymous Toll Free Hotline – 877-338-1188
Neighbors Caring for Neighbors (Emergency Medical Services) – 586-469-3750
Michigan State Cooperative Extension (Classes in Anger Management, Parenting, Nutrition, Money Management and other state of the art programming) 586-469-6432