"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." -Jeff Tauber

Non-Western Alternatives

A Series of Observations on the Importance of Community in Drug Courts

I have created a series of short pieces I’ve written over the years that advance the theme that drug courts ( including reentry courts and other Problem-Solving Courts) at their best, are an expression of the community’s ability to control behavior. The observations below are an expression of that historical human experience.


OBSERVATION 1: AN EPIPHANY IN MOROCCO

OBSERVATION 2: A DRUG COURT GRADUATION: A COMMUNITY CEREMONY

OBSERVATION 3: PRIMITIVE COMMUNITIES RELY ON COMMUNITY CONTROL

OBSERVATION 4: INVITED TO A FIJIAN KAVA CEREMONY

OBSERVATION 5: VILLAGE BASED RESTORATIVE JUSTICE; IFOGA

OBSERVATION 6: THE PRISON THAT SHUTS DOWN FOR THE WEEKEND

OBSERVATION 7: ACCOMPLISHING DRUG COURT REFORM WITHOUT DRUG COURTS

OBSERVATION 8: FINDING SUCCESS IN THE ENGLISH BASED COURT SYSTEMS

OBSERVATION 9: THE DANGERS OF A DISINTERESTED BAR AND JUDICIARY

OBSERVATION 10: DRUG COURT AS GUIDEPOST TO COMMUNITY-BASED REFORM

OBSERVATION 11: A DRUG COURT JUDGE; THE FIRST AMONG EQUALS

OBSERVATION 12: WHY A DRUG COURT IS NOT A COMMUNITY COURT

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These observation are to be part of a book to be published on the History of NADCP and the Drug Court Movement. 

(CLICK TO SEE EXCERPTED BOOK CHAPTERS} 

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