There is a point where we reach the point of diminishing returns; Where those sent to prison ultimately are a greater weight to a free society than those released into back into the community.
Over the past several years, Veteran’s Courts are showing the nation how to deal with the offender that does not have a drug alcohol problem but still needs the community’s assistance.
The need to go slow, and avoid violent offenders remains a serious weakness in many Community-Based Courts across the nation
The parallels to the Drug Court and other Problem Solving Courts with drug court providing a group structure for the drug user, providing support, rehabilitation, resources, and “community” where none had existed before.
Prison as an institution is only a little over two hundred years old. Incarceration, a rare and a radical departure from the “Community-Based Sanctions” in place some 200 years ago.
The drug court judge creates an environment in which successful drug court “communities” can thrive; where a “drug court team” comes together to institutionalize community-based structures for long-term success.
Bored Judges and lazy D.A.’s who make the easy deals and disinterested lawyers who force it on their clients are the mark of a conventional criminal justice system.
June 3, 2013 “The Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013” (further described in the Facebook article on the right), would, if enacted, require localities to include representatives of a number of different professions, besides traditional police and custodial agencies, in distributing the largest federal grant earmarked for public safety, known as Byrne JAG grants. … Read moreByrne Grant Funding; Then and Now
The launching of a “Reentry Court Solutions”, “National Reentry Court Resource Center” marks a new focus on the reentry court model, as the alternative to prison.