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Drug Courts: A cause for celebration or a misguided attempt at progress?

See on Scoop.itDrugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice

Julian Buchanan‘s insight:

– uptariffs offenders making them more at risk of prison
– netwidens and draws in more offenders into court system
– are abstinence only, and intolerant of harm reduction
– very costly, almost as much as prison
– assume a drug-crime causal relationship
– raise human rights concerns regarding compulsory treatment
– have high breach rate (usually between 40-60%)
– consume vast resources that could be better spend on treatment
– have no full range of treatment options available -usually one-size fits all
– non-problematic drug users get sucked into drug court system
– success claims overlook all those who commence drug court and end up breached and in prison
– alternatives to prison, are more often punitive alternatives to other community sentences already available
– so demanding that many offenders are set up to fail

See on transform-drugs.blogspot.co.uk

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