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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 […]

Alcohol Monitoring: A Vital Part of Probation

Alcohol Monitoring: A Vital Part of Probation Crime and Substance Abuse are Linked The link between substance abuse and crime is clear. About 90% of criminal cases have involvement of alcohol or other drugs. Because of this link, it is not unusual for abstinence to be a requirement for release on bond or own recognizance; […]

Distracted Driving and Cell Phones

Distracted Driving and Cell Phones:  Hands-Free is Not Risk- Free April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This is a time to raise awareness of the dangers and cost of this growing epidemic.  In 2014, distracted driving in the United States alone resulted in at least: 3,179 fatalities 431,000 injuries (18% of all crash injuries) Did […]

Parents: Set the Rules With Your Teen Driver

Parents: Set the Rules With Your Teen Driver Learning to drive is very exciting for teens, and a driver’s license is a giant step toward independence. But when a teen driver is getting ready to hit the road, a parent’s job isn’t done. In fact, talking to your kids about the dangers of driving is […]

Alcoholics Anonymous and the First Amendment

Alcoholics Anonymous and the First Amendment Are you involved with the criminal justice system?  Do you expect defendants to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA)?  Then this podcast is for you. Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous as Conditions It is not uncommon for judges, probation officers or treatment providers to order criminal defendants to attend […]

Judges: A Critical Component of Drug Court

Judges: A Critical Component of Drug Court The intuitive understanding of the central role of the judge, which had been embraced by many of the original Drug Treatment Court (DTC) judges in creating and operating their courts, has been supported by significant new research. DTCs have been the subject of more scientific research than any […]

Therapy Dogs: Is the Court Going to the Dogs?

Therapy Dogs:  Are the Courts Going to the Dogs? In recent years a new kind of dog has begun to appear in courtrooms.  These dogs are used as therapeutic support in two basic circumstances, first, for emotionally vulnerable witnesses and second, for individuals who are participating in a Veteran’s Treatment Court. Going to the Dogs? […]

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