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Drug Courts – A Viable Alternative to Criminal Adjudication and Incarceration?

Drug courts are specialized, court-administered programs designed to provide treatment options for addicted offenders in the criminal justice system.  There are over 2800 drug courts operating in all 50 states and U.S. territories; more than half serve adults with substance addiction and dependency. Other drug courts treat juvenile, veteran, and tribal offenders (as well as other targeted populations), but for the purpose of this article we will focus on adult offenders.

The first drug court was established in 1989 in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  Courts there and elsewhere determined that the era’s popular “war on drugs” policies were failing to impact … Read More

Minor Offenders Get a Second Chance with Diversion Programs

If you have been arrested for a crime, this does not necessarily mean that you will be required to go through the court process.  You could even be spared a criminal records.  How is this possible?  Many court systems through out the US have what are called Diversion Programs.  These programs seek to provide alternatives for first time offenders, juveniles, and those who have committed minor offenses.

One belief system behind Diversion Programs is that such petty crimes do not warrant creating the stigma of “criminal” that one could receive if they proceed through the traditional court system.  Also, these … Read More