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Risk and rehabilitationManagement and treatment of substance misuse and mental health problems in the criminal justice system$
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Aaron Pycroft and John McKeane

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300205

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300205.001.0001

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Therapeutic jurisprudence, drug courts and mental health courts: the US experience

Therapeutic jurisprudence, drug courts and mental health courts: the US experience

Chapter:
(p.152) (p.153) Nine Therapeutic jurisprudence, drug courts and mental health courts: the US experience
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Risk and rehabilitation
Author(s):

Katherine van Wormer

Saundra Starks

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300205.003.0010

Chapter Nine discusses the notion that jurisprudence understands justice as a social force, capable of producing therapeutic and anti-therapeutic results. The authors refer to drug and mental health courts, and look at the links between the USA and the UK in terms of harm reduction, abstinence and the treatment of mental health problems. Whilst there are similarities between the two countries, however the authors clearly establish the notion of American ‘exceptionalism’, in contrast to a more liberal European drugs agenda.

Keywords:   Jurisprudence, USA, UK, History, Heritage, Treatment, Coercion, Human Rights

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