Judge MacKenzie: Supporting His Community

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10 Reasons to Re-Elect Judge Brian MacKenzie

Judge Brian MacKenzie10. Judge MacKenzie is one of the most distinguished public servants in the State of Michigan.

9. 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

As his Mother, he’s well aware of my support and faith in him, though out this hardship.  But it wasn’t till you, your Honor, someone who doesn’t have to give a second thought about his life, showed genuine concern about his well-being.  YOU put “the want” back into his life, as well as lift his spirits, turn his light back on!

Susan N.

You, Judge MacKenzie, TRY and AA have had a profound effect on my life. I am still sober, more than two years after my probation has ended. I wouldn’t expect you to remember me, but I remember you, and I am grateful.

Thomas M.

You went above and beyond the call of duty….I considered my motivation level average until now – YOU have raised that level. Thank you VERY MUCH!

Patricia M.

For us, as his Uncle and Aunt, we have been truly pleasantly surprised by the effect of Andrew’s presence in our lives and have been inspired to “step up our game” as role models and advisors.  Thanks for much for making all of this possible.  We really think you’ve helped us make what will hopefully be a lasting difference in our nephew’s life.

Christine & Donovan G.