Allegan County Woman Turns Life Around with Treatment Program

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ALLEGAN, MI – Kayla Simpson seemed destined to go to prison.  She was addicted to methamphetamine, had lost parenting time with her child, failed to complete probation multiple times in the past and never expected to get out of the downward spiral of substance abuse.

(left to right) Chief Circuit Judge Margaret Bakker, Shannon Dobbins MDOC Probation Agent, Tim DeWit Case Manager, Kayla Simpson, Emily Green attorney for Ms. Simpson

(left to right) Chief Circuit Judge Margaret Bakker, Shannon Dobbins MDOC Probation Agent, Tim DeWit Case Manager, Kayla Simpson, Emily Green attorney for Ms. Simpson

She was wrong.   Allegan County Circuit Court had a different plan this time for Kayla.  In 2013, the Court received grant monies from the State of Michigan to start the Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program, which targets people who have failed before and are on path to long term incarceration.

Chief Circuit Judge Bakker applauded the program stating “we have seen success with this program, proving that repeat offenders can become good citizens” if they are ready to commit 100% to the probation terms. The program is grounded in research that shows that immediate sanctions for violating probation terms coupled with enhanced service provision is a successful approach for previously unsuccessful offenders.

Ms. Simpson graduated from the Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program on Thursday, February 11th, 2016.  She is clean and sober, employed with a recent promotion and wage increase, has regained parenting time with her child and has impressed her family and friends with her success.  Kayla stated at her graduation “I love my life now”.  She has turned her life around, and thanked the Court, Shannon Dobbins (her probation agent) and Tim DeWit (case manager) for allowing her the chance to change her life.