Alternatives to Incarceration

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The Bronx, New York

In September 2005, the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice funded ten demonstration projects under its new Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative. The following edited excerpt was taken from the New York’s winning proposal.

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Bureau of Justice Assistance Announces Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative

In September 2005, the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice funded ten demonstration projects and one technical assistance provider under its new Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative.

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What Does it Mean to Be a Good Lawyer: Zealous Advocacy and Problem-Solving Courts

What Does it Mean to Be a Good Lawyer: Zealous Advocacy and Problem-Solving Courts

What part of defenders’ wariness about problem-solving courts stem from fears of altering their roles as zealous advocates? This is just one of the questions examined as part of a two-year exploration of problem-solving justice.

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New Roles for Problem-Solving Judges

What is so new about what judges are doing in problem-solving courts? In late 1999, a select group of judges, attorneys, policy makers, and scholars gathered to answer this and other questions.

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Stephen V. Manley, Judge, Mental Health Treatment Court, Santa Clara County, California

Stephen V. Manley, Judge, Mental Health Treatment Court, Santa Clara County, California

Stephen Manley is a Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County. He has served on the bench for over 25 years. He was a founder of the Drug Treatment Court in Santa Clara County as well as the Santa Clara County Mental Health Treatment Court. Here he speaks about the differences between mental health and drug court.

 

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Findings from the New York State Adult Drug Court Evaluation

The New York State Adult Drug Court Evaluation evaluates adult drug courts in New York State, one of a handful of states that is engaged in a coordinated effort to institutionalize drug courts statewide. What follows are some of the main points researchers concluded from the evaluation.

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Mental Health Courts: Challenges, Questions and Tensions

Mental health courts are creating a great deal of discussion and have provoked a surprising variety of responses from stakeholders in the criminal justice system and the mental health system. Here are some of the challenges, questions and tensions under discussion.

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The Proliferation of Mental Health Courts

Today, there are mental health courts in a number of U.S. cities, and many more mental health courts are in the planning stages. A recent study by the Crime and Justice Research Institute documented the practices of the first four mental health courts, highlighting a set of common procedures and goals that typify the mental health court approach.

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Matthew J. D'Emic, Brooklyn Mental Health Court

Judge Matthew J. D'Emic presides over the Brooklyn Mental Health Court, which works with approximately 100 felony and misdemeanor defendants each year. Here he talks about how his ideas about mental health court have changed over the years.

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Principles of Problem-Solving Courts

Principles of Problem-Solving Courts

There are several shared principles that distinguish problem-solving courts from the conventional approach to case processing and case outcomes in state courts.

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