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Redefining Criminal Courts: Problem-Solving and the Meaning of Justice

Nolan Jr, James L.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) American Criminal Law Review. 40: 1541-1565.

Few would dispute that there is considerable frustration with conventional practices in the American criminal justice system…. To remedy these perceived ailments in the system, legal practitioners and academics have proposed, implemented, and theorized about a number of related innovations. This article considers one of these innovations, namely problem-solving courts, focusing in particular on drug courts, the first and most advanced of this new breed of courts. The paper also analyzes some of the theoretical underpinnings, cultural affinities, and unintended consequences of problem-solving courts in the United States. (excerpt)


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