Ostego Co. Drug Court Receives Grant

More than $11 million in grant money will go to help drug court programs across the state. 

One of them here in northern Michigan.

The Michigan Supreme Court announced the grants this week.

80 courts will benefit from the grant.

The Otsego County District Court is one of the courts.

They’ll receive $132,000.

They say graduates of drug court programs are more likely to retain employment and are less likely to be convicted again, which strengthens the community.

“It allows us to look at the people that need help, ask for help and want to change their lifestyle, get through to them and hopefully break the addiction of their substance abuse,” said drug court probation officer, Abe Cruz.

The court also says drug courts help reduce the crowded jail population in Otsego County.