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Michigan's chief justice: More specialty courts, more cash

Michigan's chief justice says about $14 million will be available to run specialty courts, which handle non-violent crimes related to alcohol, drugs, mental health and issues facing veterans.

The money, a 3 percent increase, comes from state and federal governments.

Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. says there will be 122 specialty courts, up from 108.

Young says the courts save money, strengthen families and improve communities.

He talked about the courts Friday at the annual meeting of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a group that studies policies in state and local government.

Young says specialty courts are led by judges who are "passionate" about turning lives around.