Chris Brown: 32 Days of Hard Labor and Counting

02/18/2010 at 05:40 PM EST

Chris Brown: 32 Days of Hard Labor and Counting
Chris Brown
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Chris Brown continues to live on the straight and narrow.

At a progress review Thursday, L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg praised the singer, who personally appeared in court, saying, "Looks like you're doing really, really well [fulfilling your probation terms]. That's always good to see."

The singer, so far, has completed 17 out of 52 group sessions for domestic violence and hasn't missed one. The judge added that Brown has so far completed 32 days of hard labor. He received similar praise from the judge at his last progress review in November.

Brown, 20, was sentenced last August to six months of community labor for his felony assault on Rihanna, 21, which amounts to more than 1,400 total hours of washing cars, removing graffiti and cleaning and maintaining grounds in his home state of Virginia.

He was also sentenced to five years probation, a year of domestic violence classes and ordered not to contact Rihanna for the next five years. He has publicly apologized for his actions.

Friends of Brown's say the singer has been getting his life and career back on track. "He's in good spirits," says MTV's Sway Calloway. "He's been doing work and speaking in circles with people who also have been victimized by domestic violence."

"He's learned that when you're a celebrity, public perception is fragile," Calloway adds. "But I think he'll recover. He's a good dude who made a big mistake."

Meanwhile, Rihanna, who took home two Grammys last month, has been spending time with L.A. Dodger Matt Kemp.

Brown's next hearing is May 11.

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