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Veterans Treatment Courts: A Special Court to Deal Effectively with Convicted Veterans

Veterans Treatment Courts: A Special Court to Deal Effectively with Convicted Veterans

Veterans Treatment Courts: A Special Court to Deal Effectively with Convicted Veterans A soldier, let’s call him Joe, was severely wounded in Iraq.  He was riding in a vehicle when an IED exploded under it.  His physical wounds were treated, if not well, at a battlefield hospital, but his mental ones were untouched. Shortly before […]

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 […]

Therapy and Justice Belong Together

Therapy and Justice Belong Together

Therapy and Justice Belong Together Guest Authors ARIE FREIBERG, Emeritus Professor of Law, Monash University Dr BECKY BATAGOL, Senior Lecturer in Law, Monash University Both Co-Authors Non-Adversarial Justice, 2nd ed, 2014 The Australian published an opinion piece in which Jennifer Oriel argued that that ‘activist judges’ are usurping the role of parliament in promoting non-adversarial justice, therapeutic […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Baby Addict Myth

The Baby Addict Myth

The Baby Addict Myth In the 1980s and 1990s it was “crack babies.” Now it’s babies born “addicted to opiates.” We’ve spent 30 years trying to debunk the myth that newborns can be born “addicted” but the misinformation continues with current headlines like “Life begins with agony of withdrawal for opiate-addicted babies.” Over ten years […]

Veterans Treatment Courts – Supporting Our Returning Heroes

Veterans Treatment Courts – Supporting Our Returning Heroes

Veterans Treatment Courts – Supporting Our Returning Heroes Today is Veterans Day in the United States.  This means we should think, not just about those veterans who have been killed or physically wounded over the last decade and a half  of the wars in the middle east but, also of those veterans who return from those […]

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