Sen. Jones named ‘Legislator of Year’

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Sen. Jones named ‘Legislator of Year’

LANSING— State Sen. Rick Jones recently received the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals “Legislator of the Year” Award.

Jones supported the creation of the Michigan Drug & Alcohol Court as the sheriff of Eaton County.  As a state representative and as a senator he has written and supported legislation to enhance the effectiveness of the courts.

“Michigan Drug and Alcohol courts seek to place people in diversion and rehab instead of jail,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge.  “The goal is to keep families together and make people into contributing members of society. By diverting people from jail and making them productive members of society, it saves the taxpayers a great deal of money.”

“Sen. Rick Jones has been a tireless supporter of Drug Courts going back to his days as the Eaton County Sherriff,” said Judge Brian MacKenzie, President of the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals. “He was one of the first Sherriff’s in the state to support these programs.  He has sponsored a number of pieces of Drug Court legislation over the years, and has agreed to back the Veteran’s Court legislation currently in the House.  This package of bills is designed to help our veteran’s returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as older vets, who find themselves in the Criminal Justice System while dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, other psychological problems and substance abuse issues. He is very deserving of this award.”