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“Dumb on Crime”

“Dumb on Crime”

“Dumb on Crime” Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, liberals and conservatives, there was support from both the right and the left to dismantle the “war on drugs” and reduce mass incarceration.  For a number of years, citizens have rejected the politicians’ shibboleth of “tough on crime.”  Public opinion polls supported treatment over incarceration, particularly for non-violent crimes.  […]

Take Me Koala Back, Jack

Take Me Koala Back, Jack

Take Me Koala Back, Jack Melbourne, Victoria The distance between San Francisco, my home airport, and Melbourne, Australia is 7,860 miles and the flight time is about 17 ½ hours including a change of planes in Los Angeles. However, when you get there it’s always surprising how much more we are like the Aussies than […]

Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Procedural Justice And Labeling Theory – A Continuum Of Fairness

Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Procedural Justice And Labeling Theory – A Continuum Of Fairness

Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Procedural Justice And Labeling Theory – A Continuum Of Fairness Few would argue that the judge is the most influential person in the courtroom. From increasing positive drug treatment court outcomes to choosing a fair and representative jury, judges can not only affect the actual outcomes of legal disputes but they overwhelming set […]

The Marijuana Re-Schedule

The Marijuana Re-Schedule

The Marijuana Re-Schedule It was good news and bad news this week for those who wish to legalize marijuana when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) declined to move marijuana from a Schedule I to Schedule II drug. The ruling came in response to two petitions – one from the governors of Rhode Island and Washington […]

Mainstreaming a Therapeutic Jurisprudence Approach to Impaired Driving

Mainstreaming a Therapeutic Jurisprudence Approach to Impaired Driving

Mainstreaming a Therapeutic Jurisprudence Approach to Impaired Driving Driving while impaired (DWI) by alcohol or other drugs is an international problem. Far too many people lose their lives, are injured or injure others while engaging in this totally preventable crime. Some countries have a stronger ethic about not drinking and driving than others but it […]

Developing Phases in Drug/DWI Courts

Developing Phases in Drug/DWI Courts

Developing Phases in Drug/DWI Courts Why have phases? Virtually all adult drug courts and DWI courts have phases to provide structure for the program and recognize benchmarks along the way to graduation. Drug/DWI Courts tend to be long, rigorous programs, lasting one to two years. Giving the program structure gives the participant bite size pieces […]

There’s an App for That:  Apps that Support Sobriety

There’s an App for That: Apps that Support Sobriety

There’s an App for That:  Apps that Support Sobriety According to the Pew Research Center, 68% of Americans have smartphones and 45% have tablet computers.  Along with smart phones and tablets come apps – apps that keep track of airline reservations; apps that count calories; apps that fetch drivers.  There’s an app for just about […]