Problem-Solving Courts Justice for the Twenty-First Century?

ISBN-10: 0313352844
ISBN-13: 9780313352843
Edition: 2009
List price: $55.00
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Description: At least since the late 1980s with the development of the first drug court in Dade County, Miami, the justice system has undergone what some believe is a revolution in justice -the movement toward problem-solving courts. This book provides a  More...

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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 199
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

At least since the late 1980s with the development of the first drug court in Dade County, Miami, the justice system has undergone what some believe is a revolution in justice -the movement toward problem-solving courts. This book provides a concise, thorough, well-documented, and balanced foundation for anyone interested in understanding this revolution. Thousands of adult drug courts, domestic violence courts, community courts, mental health courts, DUI courts, juvenile drug courts, and other specialized courts have been developed in the past 15 to 20 years to address offenders and offender behaviors, which have not been adequately handled by the traditional criminal justice system. Problem-solving courts operate with the intent of serving justice and safety through court-supervised treatment and management of individuals who break the law and do so out of personal, psychological, social, and other problems they experience. Problem-solving courts provide what some see as a revolutionary alternative to traditional courts and criminal justice.At least since the late 1980s with the development of the first drug court in Dade County, Miami, the justice system has undergone what some believe is a revolution in justice -the movement toward problem-solving courts. This book provides a concise, thorough, well-documented, and balanced foundation for anyone interested in understanding this revolution. Thousands of adult drug courts, domestic violence courts, community courts, mental health courts, DUI courts, juvenile drug courts, and other specialized courts have been developed in the past 15 to 20 years to address offenders and offender behaviors, which have not been adequately handled by the traditional criminal justice system. Problem-solving courts operate with the intent of serving justice and safety through court-supervised treatment and management of individuals who break the law and do so out of personal, psychological, social, and other problems they experience. Problem-solving courts provide what some see as a revolutionary alternative to traditional courts and criminal justice.Detailing the promise and potential perils of problem-solving courts, the authors examine the development of the problem-solving court movement, the rationale for the courts, the approaches they take, and the anticipated benefits and potential pitfalls of problem-solving courts. Using case examples and looking at various types of problem-solving courts, including various types of drug courts, mental health courts, domestic violence courts, community courts, and youth courts, the authors offer foundational information about the specific types of problem-solving courts, their goals and philosophies, their organization and operation, their variation in structure and procedures, and the extensiveness of the court. They draw conclusions about the relative merits or disadvantages of such courts and consider prospects for the future.

Introduction
Problem-Solving Justice and the Moment of Truth
A Circumspect Look at Problem-Solving Courts
Adult Drug Courts: A Hope Realized?
Juvenile Drug Courts: More Difficult to Implement Than Originally Envisioned
DWI Courts: Effectively Addressing Drunk Driving
Mental Health Courts: Cautious Optimism
Domestic Violence Courts: A Judicial Response to Intimate Partner Violence
Problem-Solving in Community Courts: Who Decides the Problem?
Youth Courts: Youth Empowerment in Problem Solving
Selected Bibliography
About the Contributors
Index

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