Judge MacKenzie: Supporting His Community

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Novi News, Milford Times and South Lyon Herald all endorse Judge Brian MacKenzie for reelection.

July 28, 2014

The judge, a champion of drug courts who has presided over nearly 150,000 cases over 26 years at the 52-1.

MacKenzie’s resume includes a long list of specialty courts, many groundbreaking, like the Day of Court in local high schools that began in 1989, that are still going strong.

Judge Brian MacKenzie• The Domestic Violence program is the longest existing one in the country and boasts a recidivism rate of less than 10 percent overall since beginning in1993.

• The tobacco alcohol prevention project targets using teens, educating and helping them so they don’t take the road to a drug-related offense or drunk driving offense.

• The holiday testing program takes high-risk drunk driving candidates, puts them through intense testing on high-temptation weekends like the Fourth of July to make our roads safer.

• The drive program targets dangerous drivers.

• The sobriety court, which began in 2001, is one of the first of its kind in this country. The intensive program targets repeat offenders, and is up to 19 times more effective than any other sentencing a judge can do.

• There’s also the highly successful veterans treatment court and, most recently, an opiate court that deals specifically with the heroin problem in the southwest portion of Oakland County.

And MacKenzie isn’t done. He’s currently developing another program to deal with human trafficking, which is building in the Wixom area in particular. Another program, in conjunction with the University of Michigan, would help veterans statewide with dental care. That may not sound like a big deal until you understand that most of the veteran offenders who come before his bench are unable to get jobs because they’re missing teeth.

“There are things I want to do yet to make sure that my courtroom is the most effective it can be and get justice,” said MacKenzie. “What I do creates safety and tries to turn people into better citizens.”

Currently 65 years of age, if re-elected, this would be MacKenzie’s final term on the bench as 69 is the age limit for judicial candidates.With more than 600 public officials, attorneys and citizens endorsing him, incumbent Judge Brian MacKenzie deserves your vote on Aug. 5.

10 Reasons to Re-Elect Judge Brian MacKenzie

10. Judge MacKenzie is one of the most distinguished public servants in the State of Michigan.

A Joyful Occasion - Wedding in the Courtroom9. Judge MacKenzie started one of the first Veteran’s Treatment Courts in the country.

8. Judge MacKenzie has been nationally recognized for his innovative programs.

7. Bipartisan leaders from around the State of Michigan have thrown their support behind Judge MacKenzie.

6. Judge MacKenzie introduced one of Michigan’s first Sobriety Court programs which has since been successfully modeled in more than 40 courts throughout the state!

5. As a loving husband, father, and grandfather, Judge MacKenzie understands the importance of family involvement in the lives of Defendants before his court.

4. Judge MacKenzie actually wrote the book about Michigan Criminal Procedure.

3. As President-elect of the American Judges Association, Judge MacKenzie is on the front line of cutting edge judicial practices.

2. Judge MacKenzie isn’t afraid to fight for fair and balanced laws and legal procedures for all people, even if it means upsetting the status quo.

1. Since 1988, Brian MacKenzie has been an impartial and balanced jurist who is tirelessly working to make the 52-1 District Court better for the communities it serves.

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Judge MacKenzie has created many programs to make your community safer, and to help defendants improve their lives.

  • CongratulationsVeterans Treatment Court was started in January 2010, making it one of the first in the country and the first in Southeast Michigan.  Veterans Treatment Court is a specialty court which aims to keep veterans out of jail for nonviolent offenses through a tightly supervised counseling and mentor program.
  • Sobriety Court was started in 2001. Like veterans treatment courts, a sobriety court is a specialty court designed to effectively sentence a repeat drunk driver.
  • The Domestic Violence Docket was instituted  in 1993, and is one of the longest running programs of it’s kind in the country.  The idea was to move domestic violence cases though the court, reducing delays and the number of cases that would be dismissed, combined with effective sentencing stop defendants from committing other assaultive crimes.
  • CHEC is a holiday testing program designed to protect the community from repeat drivers during the holidays and was instituted on New Year Eve 2000.
  • TAPP (Tobacco and Alcohol Prevention Project) was designed  to impact people 17-21 who are arrested for Minor in possession of  alcohol or tobacco.  Instituted in 1997.
  • A Day of Court is an educational program started in 1989, which takes real cases into local high schools to show students what actually happens in a courtroom.
  • Opiate Court was introduced in 2014 to deal with individuals who are addicted to heroin and other opiates. This program is based upon the same model as the sobriety court, however the focus is not on the crime but on the addictive behavior that drives it.
  • Drive was started in 2004 to deal with dangerous, distracted or temperamental drivers.
  • First Court Town Hall in the country, in 1998.  Went into the community and asked what residents thought of the court.  Allowed opportunities to ask questions about process and procedure, as well as local incidents.
  • Appointed American Bar Association National Highway Traffic Safety Association Judicial Fellow 2008-2010
  • Incoming President of the American Judges Association, October 2014

Judge MacKenzie: Changing Lives in Our Community

I lend you my support.  I predicate this sentiment on my 41 years of practice when I’ve had the pleasure of appearing before you and found you to be the most open, most available and most welcoming of any judge, district or circuit.

Charles Anderson

I believe the community served by the 52-1 appreciates the efforts you have put forth to make the community a better and safer place to live.

Hon. James Brady

Who knew?…It is through your Position of Authority, handed down by God himself, that makes people like me either utilize the tools we’re offered or literally throw it all away.  It is through you, the man in the robe, that calls people like me to take the Higher Road, taking nothing for granted…These words are so far from expressing the true out-pouring of gratitude that I feel, but I just felt you should know that your daily efforts have made a tremendous impact on these 9+ years (of sobriety).

Janice T.

I wanted to take just a couple minutes of your time to thank you for taking my son into your sobriety court program. . . .We both think that you and this program are a wonderful thing and we are very grateful that he’s been allowed to participate in it. . .  . Again my husband Joe and I are truly grateful to you and your staff for helping our son JR though this difficult time in his life, and I personally wanted to make sure you knew how much it meant to me. . .

Bridget & Joe L.