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Drug Courts

A Missouri Cop Allegedly Forced People In Drug Treatment To Work As Informants

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

A high-profile Missouri narcotics enforcement officer routinely forced patients in a court-mandated drug treatment program to work as undercover infor...

Legal Experts Urge UN to Reject Drug Courts

Daniel Abrahamson | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Daniel Abrahamson

The U.S.-led war on drugs and U.S.-shaped international drug policies are being scrutinized and debated this month by governments from around the globe as the world's countries prepare to gather in mid-April for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session.

Sooner Rather Than Later: The Preference for Abstinence Over Maintenance

Judge David A. Tapp | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Judge David A. Tapp

We all need to focuses on effectively treating the underlying illness of addiction. There is no magic medication, no single treatment strategy which is 100% effective. Every approach must take into account the individual and relevant factors which exist in the community.

It's Time for Courts to Advance Zero Suicide

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 02.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

As the pioneer of the first Mental Health Court in the United States and longtime member of the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, all public-private health systems should make suicide prevention a core component. This includes prioritizing education, awareness, treatment and community engagement

Letter Reveals Drug Courts Lobbied Against Key Addiction Treatment

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of a nonprofit organization that represents drug courts lobbied the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services against increa...

New York Law Blocks Judges From Practicing Medicine From The Bench

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug court judges in New York will no longer be allowed to order defendants in recovery to stop taking doctor-prescribed medications as ...

Drug Courts: Criminal Approach to a Public Health Issue

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 07.29.2016 | Crime
Elaine Pawlowski

Labeling drug court participants as addicts and forcing drug treatment on those who are not addicted because they were caught with drugs continues to misuse treatment resources. Legislators cannot use drug treatment courts as a way to address this growing public health issue.

Jason Cherkis

Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to o...

The Wonder Drug

Slate | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

Why are drug courts denying heroin addicts the medicine they need?...

Ryan Grim

Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Failing Drug Courts | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, sai...

Ryan J. Reilly

America's Top Cop Wages A Long Battle To Dial Back The Drug War | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

After years beset by scandal and criticism, Attorney General Eric Holder (right) is working to reform the criminal justice system -- a project that co...

Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Victims and Villains of the Drug Trade

Thea Johnson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Crime
Thea Johnson

Assuming you believe that Hoffman got his final hit from Vineberg -- who can believe that if Vineberg wasn't around, Hoffman wouldn't have found drugs elsewhere? What is the point of locking him up, deporting him, and saddling him with a criminal record?

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

For decades, "tough on crime" policies contributed to the explosive growth of the prison population -- and the amount of money we spend on locking people up.

What the New Budget Deal Means for Drug Policy Reform

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

Damaging cuts caused by sequestration have placed real obstacles in the way of ensuring full support for services and programs that expand prevention, treatment and smart-on-crime initiatives that represent a 21st century approach to drug policy. But there is good news...

Radley Balko

An Unexpected Reformer Fights To Hold Police Accountable | Radley Balko | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

This article is the fifth in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 4 here. "I wouldn't call what I've been doing reform...

Reevaluating Drug Courts: No Mother Should Have to Go Through What I Did

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

No mother should have to face what I've had to -- the death of a promising and cherished son. We need to hold drug courts accountable to protect everyone who needs them. No one should face punishment for seeking lifesaving treatment.

Should We Have a Bailiff and a Judge at Weight Watchers?

Clovis Thorn | Posted 07.03.2013 | Crime
Clovis Thorn

Some think drug courts are the utopian answer to both drug use problems and over-incarceration. Drug courts are part of a kinder, gentler drug war. Mind your manners, pass clean urine screenings, and everyone wins. The reality is much different.

Brooklyn Treatment Court: A Second Chance for Drug Offenders

Chuck Gomez | Posted 06.22.2013 | New York
Chuck Gomez

In a Brooklyn courtroom on a Spring morning, something grabs your attention. It's not a stern judge banging a gavel. It's the sound of erupting applause.

Drug Courts: Enter At Your Own Risk

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli | Posted 02.14.2012 | Crime
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli

The drug war is forty years old this year. It's time to step back and ask ourselves what's the best way to solve the problem we're trying to solve -- how to reduce drug abuse and addiction -- and use the best available evidence to guide us.

Christina Wilkie

Martin Sheen Asks Senate For Drug Courts | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Actor Martin Sheen pressed senators to expand federal funding for drug courts on Tuesday during testimony before a Senate Judiciary subc...

Drug Courts Are Crucial to Criminal Justice Reform

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

While there are no quick fixes, there are proven programs that we must expand as part of a criminal justice reform effort. One highly successful program is the drug courts.

Drug Courts: You'd Think They Would Work

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The drug court follows the medical model of addiction, which is American to its core, and which actually produces worse results than allowing courts to follow their usual rough brands of justice.

Denied: Access to Brooklyn Drug Treatment Court

Dan Holton-Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Holton-Roth

Drug courts were invented in the late 1980s in Dade County, Florida in an attempt to divert drug offenders from the criminal courts and offer individuals treatment instead of incarceration.

"All Rise!": A Better Way of Justice Is Now In Session

Nick Gillie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Gillie

It is time to abandon "conventional" views that prison is the solution to addiction, and consider what the research says.

Ryan Grim

Trey Anastasio, Phish Frontman, Tells Addiction Story On Capitol Hill, Lobbies For Drug Courts | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Phish's floppy-haired frontman is sporting a sharp, navy blue suit, which can only mean one of two things. And he isn't in a courtroom, so he must be ...