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The Drug Recognition Expert: Combating Drugged-Driving

The Drug Recognition Expert: Combating Drugged-Driving and More By: Thomas Page, Drug Recognition Expert Emeritus The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program, procedure, and police officers constitute a systems approach to identifying, apprehending, and prosecuting the individual who drives while under the influence of a drug or drugs.  The program and procedures were initially developed in […]

Traffic Safety – A Global Epidemic?

Traffic Safety – A Global Epidemic? How many times do we open the newspaper and read the headlines, “Drunk Driver Kills Pregnant Woman,” or turn on the TV news and hear about a person texting while driving who kills a pedestrian, or listen to the radio and hear the story about a motorcyclist killed in […]

The Rule of Law? It Matters!

The Rule of Law? It Matters! In this podcast, Justice Speakers Institute founders Judge Peggy Hora (Ret.), and Judge Brian MacKenzie (Ret.) discuss the importance of the concept of the international rule of law. Based upon the World Justice Project’s (WJP) definition they discuss the four universal principles of the rule of law: The government […]

JS International Is Live

JS International is Live The Founders and Associates of Justice Speakers Institute, LLC (JSI) have an international perspective and have traveled and trained on six of the seven continents. When the NADCP Global Centre for Drug Treatment Courts closed last year, it left a gap in the information flow and services provided to international drug […]

Family Drug Treatment Court

Family Drug Treatment Courts Scope of the Problem There are approximately one million child abuse and neglect cases investigated in the United States each year involving nearly 250,000 children. An additional 2.5 million children are being raised by grandparents or other relatives. They are currently referred to as “Opioid Orphans.” The genesis for most of […]

The Nuts and Bolts of Drug Testing

The Nuts and Bolts of Drug Testing Part I More than 2,300,000 Americans are currently incarcerated, about a quarter of these for drug offenses.[1]  Additionally, 80% of those in our prisons are either addicted to or abusing drugs[2]. Currently 40 states operate prison systems that are above 90% capacity; of those 23 are at about one […]

Voting Rights: Precious Right Protected By Courts

Voting Rights: Precious Right Protected by the Courts Voting represents the very essence of a democracy and in the last week or so several courts have struck down restrictions on this basic right. In this podcast episode, Judges Peggy Hora (Ret.) and Brian MacKenzie (Ret.) discuss the recent court decisions involving one of our fundamental rights. These […]

Can Judicial Compassion Be Unethical?

Can Judicial Compassion Be Unethical? Veterans’ Treatment Courts Two months ago something happened that has been bothering me ever since. A judge in North Carolina sentenced a man to 24 hours in jail then joined him in the cell for the night. District Court Judge Lou Olivera is a veteran of the Gulf War and […]