Promoting Societal and Juridical Receptivity to Rehabilitation: The Role of Therapeutic Jurisprudence
COURT-SUPERVISED TREATMENT ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION FOR DRUG-DEPENDENT OFFENDERS: THE DRUG POLICY AGENDA, Caroline S. Cooper & Antonio Lomba eds., 2013 Forthcoming
19 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2010 Last revised: 26 Aug 2013
Date Written: October 17, 2011
This paper is a chapter in a forthcoming book to be published by the Organization of American States (OAS). As part of its drug "demand reduction" effort, the OAS is interested in Drug Treatment Courts in particular, and in therapeutic jurisprudence more generally. Our chapter looks to how jurisdictions may use the therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) approach to create a societal and juridical atmosphere more conducive to the establishment of Drug Treatment Courts. The chapter notes, however, that under a "problem solving" philosophy, many drug courts have become somewhat coercive and paternalistic, departing from the principles of therapeutic jurisprudence. We discuss the TJ principles and urge a "solution-focused" approach to judging, more in line with TJ notions, and based on procedural fairness, active client involvement and participation, close attention to client strengths, and other concepts that place the client at center stage of the therapeutic effort.
Keywords: therapeutic jurisprudence, solution-focused judging, drug treatment courts, rehabilitation
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