Bangor Mayor Darren Williams will be honored Friday morning by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement for completing the Van Buren County Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program three years ago. Williams has struggled with drug addiction in the past and will be talking about the help he received to get clean through the court and Van Buren Community Mental Health on Friday in Paw Paw. Justice Clement will honor the mayor prior to the commencement ceremony of two graduates of the Van Buren County Women’s Drug Treatment Court Program.
The Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program was modeled on Hawaii’s HOPE program, which stands for Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement. To date, Van Buren County SSSPP has had 74 graduates. The initiative serves up to 50 probationers at a time who have been identified as high-risk to re-offend.