Problem Solving Courts
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Problem Solving Courts

A Measure of Justice
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ISBN-13:
9781442200821
Seiten:
288
Autor:
JoAnn Miller
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Problem Solving Courts examines a relatively new approach to criminal justice in which judges, advised by law enforcement officers and mental health workers, meet with offenders on a weekly basis to talk about their issues in a socio-legal setting where therapeutic intervention is combined with a measure of punishment for program violations. Sociologist JoAnn Miller and judge Donald C. Johnson, creators of three successful problem solving courts themselves, address the compelling needs for alternatives to prisons, analyze problem solving courts in depth, and assess the impact problem solving courts can have on offenders and their communities.
Problem Solving Courts explores a relatively new approach to criminal justice—one that can have a powerful impact on how convicts connect with their communities. Problem solving courts, born out of the drug court movement in the 1980s, are run by judges who, with the assistance of law enforcement agents and mental health workers, meet with convicts on a weekly basis to talk about their treatment. Treatment programs often include therapy, in addition to the possibility of incarceration or early 'parole' in which an offender can complete his or her sentence under the jurisdiction of the court. In this unique collaboration, scholar JoAnn Miller and judge Donald C. Johnson, creators of three successful problem solving courts themselves, address the compelling needs for alternatives to prisons, analyze problem solving courts in depth, and assess the impact problem solving courts can have on convicts and their communities. Problem solving courts can include: community courts that seek to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods struggling with crime and disorder; drug treatment courts that link addicted offenders to drug treatment instead of incarceration; family treatment courts that seek to stop the cycle of drugs, child neglect, and foster care; and domestic violence courts that emphasize victim safety and defendant accountability.
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Setting the Stage
Chapter 1: Measured Justice and Problem Solving Court Principles
Chapter 2: The Purposes, Promises, and the Magic of Contemporary Criminal Law and Criminal Justice in the United States
Chapter 3: A Problem Solving Court Jurisprudence
Chapter 4: Timeless Problems, Innovative Solutions
Part II: Courts, Prisons, and Communities
Chapter 5: Responding to Reality: They all Come Home
Chapter 6: Blended Social Institutions
Chapter 7: The Community: What it Needs and What it Deserves
Chapter 8: Words, Words, Words: Distinctions and Differences
Part III: Performances and Transformations
Chapter 9: Transforming Master Status
Chapter 10: Backstage Action
Chapter 11: Front-Stage Performances
Chapter 12: Finale
Appendix A Biographical Sketches

Appendix B Reentry Court Participation Agreement
Appendix C Waiver Forms
Appendix D Reentry Court Participant's Handbook
Notes
References
Index
About the Authors