Stern face of criminal justice gives treatment a chance

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The New York Times has an excellent article about punishment versus treatment:

“In Seattle, as in drug courts across the country, the stern face of criminal justice is being redrawn, and emotions are often on the surface. Experts say drug courts have been the country’s fastest-spreading innovation in criminal justice, giving arrested addicts a chance to avoid prison by agreeing to stringent oversight and addiction treatment. Recent studies show drug courts are one of the few initiatives that reduce recidivism — on average by 8 percent to 10 percent nationally and as high as 26 percent in New York State — and save taxpayer money.”

The article and slideshow have moving stories about several people’s triumphs over addiction.

We posted an earlier story that looks at the strengths and minuses of treatment and the struggle to get funding for such programs.

About Sandeep Junnarkar

Sandeep Junnarkar is the founder and editorial director of Family Lives Behind Bars.