LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos was recently named 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals (MATCP) in recognition of his dedication and assistance to treatment courts throughout the state.
“It is truly an honor to receive this award from Michigan’s treatment court professionals, who are doing so much to help turn around lives and keep our communities safe,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I am proud to be leading a bipartisan effort to reform our criminal justice system, so that we focus on meaningful rehabilitation and treatment. Positive interventions like treatment courts work and result in safer communities, fewer victims and less cost to society.
“I greatly appreciate the help and leadership that our treatment court professionals provided as we initiated the Swift and Sure program and as we put together our criminal justice reforms, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we create a smarter and more effective criminal justice system.”
Cass County Probate Judge Susan L. Dobrich is president of the MATCP Board of Directors and has worked with Proos on legislation allowing judges to treat more juvenile cases in informal proceedings and to find more age-appropriate penalties for young offenders.
“Senator Proos is an advocate for many forms of restorative justice including the consent calendar for juveniles, Swift and Sure programming and treatment courts,” Dobrich said. “Southwest Michigan is proud of Senator Proos’ leadership.”
Eaton County District Court Judge Harvey Hoffman is a former MATCP board president.
“The Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals annually recognizes one legislator for outstanding contributions to treatment courts in Michigan. This year, we were happy to recognize Senator John Proos,” Hoffman said. “He was a great champion on issues relating to the growing opiate/heroin problem in the state. He helped to secure funding for a pilot project that will increase the use of medically assisted treatment for opiate/heroin addicts involved in Michigan’s problem-solving courts. His efforts will help these people address their addictions and improve their lives and the lives of their families.”
Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/audio.