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Hueston, Jamey and Kevin Burke, Exporting Drug Court Concepts to Traditional Courts: A Roadmap to an Effective Therapeutic Court, (2016) Court Review: Journal of the American Judges Association, Vol. 52, Issue 1.

8 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2017 Last revised: 17 Apr 2021

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Jamey H. Hueston

The District Court of Maryland; Independent

Kevin Burke

Hennepin County District Court

Date Written: January 15, 2016

Abstract

Courtrooms throughout the justice system are flooded with cases involving drugs and drug-related behavior. Additionally, offenders often appear in court under the influence of substances as well as exhibit mental-health issues, oppositional attitudes, disruptive behavior, and cognitive disabilities. Judges are understandably frustrated with the justice system’s revolving door in which these offenders continuously rotate and with a system that cannot adequately address the numerous complex issues, insufficient life skills, and collateral problems that contribute to drug abuse or help users navigate to recovery.

Drug courts, now in existence for almost three decades, demonstrate the power of courts to positively change behavior of addicted and behaviorally challenged offenders. They are therapeutically oriented, collaborative across disparate systems and focus on healing offenders and litigants. The skills developed while serving as drug court judges provide invaluable strategies for dealing with traditional court litigants in the array of criminal and civil matters that trial judges handle.

This article offers a roadmap for applying successful drug-court techniques to effectively address drug use and associated mental health conditions - approaches that promote healing and rehabilitation with substantially better results than those achieved by traditional punitive methods. These procedures are easily exportable to traditional court settings and cases and will widen a judge’s repertoire of judicial skills and enhance judicial satisfaction. They belong in the tool kit of all judges.

Keywords: Keywords: drug courts, drug court judges, problem-solving courts, drug treatment, criminal rehabilitation, probation, judges, judicial satisfaction, procedural justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, TJ, assessments, behavior modification, offender contracts, community collaboration

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Hueston, Jamey and Hueston, Jamey and Burke, Kevin, Exporting Drug Court Concepts to Traditional Courts: A Roadmap to an Effective Therapeutic Court[Enter Paper Title] (January 15, 2016). Hueston, Jamey and Kevin Burke, Exporting Drug Court Concepts to Traditional Courts: A Roadmap to an Effective Therapeutic Court, (2016) Court Review: Journal of the American Judges Association, Vol. 52, Issue 1., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3008718

Jamey Hueston (Contact Author)

The District Court of Maryland ( email )

Baltimore, MD
United States

Independent ( email )

Kevin Burke

Hennepin County District Court ( email )

300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
United States

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