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Judging Addicts Drug Courts and Coercion in the Justice System

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ISBN-10: 0814784070

ISBN-13: 9780814784075

Edition: 2012

Authors: Rebecca Tiger

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Description:

The number of people incarcerated in the U.S. now exceeds 2.3 million, due in part to the increasing criminalization of drug use: over 25% of people incarcerated in jails and prisons are there for drug offenses.Judging Addictsexamines this increased criminalization of drugs and the medicalization of addiction in the U.S. by focusing on drug courts, where defendants are sent to drug treatment instead of prison. Rebecca Tiger explores how advocates of these courts make their case for what they call “enlightened coercion,” detailing how they use medical theories of addiction to justify increased criminal justice oversight of defendants who, through this process, are defined as both “sick” and…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Rebecca Tiger is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College and co-editor of Bioethical Issues, Sociological Perspectives .

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Both Bad and Sick
Criminalizing Deviance: Reconciling the Punitive and Rehabilitative
"The Right Thing to Do for the Right Reasons": The Institutional Context for the Emergence of Drug Courts
"Enlightened Coercion": Making Coercion Work
"Force Is the Best Medicine": Addiction, Recovery, and Coercion
"Now That We Know the Medicine Works": Expanding the Drug Court Model
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author