***Media Advisory*** Sen. Proos to tour Berrien County Swift and Sure specialty court program

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos has announced that he will tour the Swift and Sure specialty court program presided over by Judge Charlie LaSata at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph on Monday.

Swift and Sure, a system of immediate sanctions for individuals on probation, was established in Michigan as a result of 2012 legislation sponsored by Proos. The program gives voluntary participants the opportunity to avoid prison time by abiding by an established set of sanctions should they break the terms of their probation.

Twenty counties in Michigan have chosen to administer such programs in their courts.

Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, chairman of the Michigan Senate Appropriations subcommittee for the Judiciary and Corrections budgets.

Live Swift and Sure court proceedings followed by press briefing with Proos outside courtroom.

Monday, Sept, 26 at 2 p.m.

Berrien County Courthouse
Courtroom 315
811 Port St.
St. Joseph

Members of the media will be permitted to bring cameras into the courtroom and to capture still photographs and video.

A measure to expand the Swift and Sure program to allow parolees to participate is a part of several bipartisan proposals designed to divert individuals away from prison and give them the best possible chance to succeed.

Earlier this year, Proos was named 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals in recognition of his dedication and assistance to treatment courts throughout the state.