Inside drug courts

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March 31, 2011
by Margaret Dooley  
Posted in Commentary

"The Drug Policy Alliance is concerned that the number of drug courts whose practices may actually increase the criminal justice involvement of people struggling with drugs -- as well as of people who do not have a drug problem but are convicted of a drug law violation -- may be far greater. Drug courts are locally developed and locally run. In them, judges have near complete freedom to choose who to accept, what kind of treatment to mandate, who to incarcerate and for how long and when to deem a participant a 'success' or 'failure.' They lack national standards and, worse, are not accountable to any authority." (03/31/11)  

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