As we begin our fifth year of publication, we create a new kind of resource tool for “reentry and the courts”, focusing on court-based reentry systems.
We will now coordinate four resources found on the internet and provide multiple access points to the information therein
1. “Reentry Court Solutions (RCS)” will continue as my most prolific resource, providing my perspective on the reentry court field, its publications, programs, evaluations, and evolution. It will also provide complete articles and publications of others, along with my own (check out our “Historical Documents” column, along the top of RCS; and recent documents organized in a “Category” column, found along the right side of the page): click on www.reentrycourtsolutions.com [Website]
2. ”FACEBOOK Page”, entitled “Reentry Court Solutions” (This Page will be also accessible by reading and/or clicking on the FACEBOOK column to the right of this website). I screen approximately one hundred articles and publications each week and post those I think most relevant to “the courts and reentry” on the Reentry Court Solutions Facebook page [Facebook]
3. A “You Tube Channel”, entitled ”Jeff Tauber“. This channel provides a 28 video clip tutorial on reentry court ( for an explanation of the importance of video in reentry court training, click on ”A Reentry Court Video Tutorial”) . Along the top of RCS, ”Court Video” and “Interviews” columns provide access to the You Tube Channel. You may also access the You Tube channel directly by going to the You tube, Jeff Tauber channel [You Tube]
4. A Linkedin Site, entitled “Jeffrey Tauber“. The Linkedin site is being updated to provide background information on my work as a drug court and reentry court judge, innovator and author, founding President of NADCP, and consultant on issues related to “reentry and the courts”.. It will contain information on my work since the inception of the Oakland Drug Court in 1990 and that of NADCP in 1994. It will also contain documents, publications, and a personal history on the development of the drug and problem-solving court fields, as well as the National Association of Drug Court Professionals: You may access this site by gong to the Linkedin site, Jeffrey Tauber [Linkedin]
A PERSONAL NOTE TO READERS:
I have announced my resignation from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), as an active member of the Board and Senior Judicial Fellow as of July 2014 (though I will retain my honorific title as “President Emeritus for Life”). I first wrote about Reentry Courts in a NADCP monograph in 1999, after hosting two NADCP Roundtables on prison and jail based reentry drug courts. It occurs to me that after 20 years as both founding president and active member of the NADCP Board of Directors, I can be most effective in advocating for a reform agenda for “the courts and reentry” if I am not formally associated with any organization.
Over the past four years, Reentry Court Solutions has become an important incubator for ideas on how the courts can improve the success of offenders reentering the community. It has been useful, but it has had a limited impact. This has been frustrating because I know from my experience as a reentry court judge and a pioneer in the drug court and problem-solving court fields, that reentry courts (or more accurately, court-based sentencing systems) have tremendous potential.
Today, when I think of reentry court, I am reminded that nearly every offender sentenced to time in custody will return to the community from whence they came. And thus, every sentencing court is in fact, a reentry court, creating a pathway for the offender’s reentry into society.
So I am redirecting and defining this website and other internet sites I produce in a different way. I believe that drug courts and even problem-solving courts are too narrow a framework within which effective sentencing reform can take place.This website will continue to provide my perspective on the sentencing process, not just for drug offenders, but for all offenders sentenced to a term of incarceration. I expect to continue to write over 90% of the articles for this website, so it’s only fair that I accept responsibility for the analysis, interpretation, concepts, and reviews found here.
As described above, my intention is to link four streams of information, in an effort to reach out to as many interested persons as possible; to encourage and educate policy makers on the importance of developing systemic court-based approaches to reentry and rehabilitation. Hopefully I can help in some small way, to pave the way for a shift in the criminal justice system, one that we haven’t experienced since drug court came on the scene 25 years ago.
Judge Jeffrey Tauber (ret.)