Chris Brown had his probation revoked by an L.A. judge Monday, but he was spared jail time in lieu of continuing in his anger management rehab stint. Chris was generally praised for recommitting to his rehabilitation following an outburst towards his mom during a family session last month. The probation was revoked due to charges Brown punched a man in the nation's capital in October.
Brown, 24, was ordered to refrain from smoking pot, and continue taking his doctor-prescribed psychotropic drugs, according to the Daily News on Dec. 16. Chris was using medical marijuana, which led to a dirty drug test in Virgina.
The clinical and medical teams at the rehab facility say they have seen a very positive change in Mr. Brown since his psychotropic medications have been changed, and he has been taken off medical marijuana, the program director noted.
According to CNN, Chris has an anger-management problem and drug-abuse issues, but recently his ability to emotionally regulate himself has shown a marked improvement.
Brown is still on probation for his infamous beating of girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. But yesterday the judge didn't send the singer back to jail citing his progress in the anger management rehab facility.
Chris appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court uncharacteristically upbeat and smiling, as Judge James Brandlin said, "I’m pleased that he's doing well in the program".
But the judge did revoke his probation after reviewing a report on Brown's Oct. 27 arrest, for allegedly punching a man in the face outside a D.C. hotel near the White House.
The judge cited declarations in the Washington D.C. police report that led him to declare that Brown did indeed violate his probation, which included instructions to stay clear of trouble with the law.
However, Judge Brandlin said but he wasn’t "inclined" to throw him back in jail while he's still serving out the 90 days of residential treatment ordered at his last court hearing.
At a November hearing, a probation report stated Chris was kicked out of a voluntary rehab stay after an incident in which he became enraged and hurled a rock through his mother's car window.
In the Grammy winning singer's latest probation report, it states he's passed a series of recent drug tests, and has already completed 60 hours of community labor towards his additional 1,000 hour sentence levied in August.
In Monday's progress report from his rehab facility, it says Brown has shown "marked progress" since re-enrolling, following the violent episode involving his mom's shattered car window.
"He has relinquished access to his cell phone and been 'very committed' to his 24 hours of weekly community service. This young man has made significant strides and appears to be a customer for change", the redacted rehab report states.
The judge set Brown's next hearing for Feb. 10, and also gave him permission to travel to D.C. for a hearing on the misdemeanor assault charge scheduled for Jan. 8.
Judge Brandlin will decide in February if he will order Chris Brown to complete his sentence in prison or reinstate his probation.