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The Unified Family Court: Preventative, Therapeutic, and Restorative Justice for America’s Families

Town, Michael
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Child Law Practice. 21(7):108-110. Downloaded 11 September 2003.

In thinking about preventive law,analogies from medicine and public health come immediately to mind. While much has been written about preventive medicine, including early screening, detection, and intervention for disease, only recently have judges, lawyers, academicians and the public begun to address preventive law and its philosophical cousins, therapeutic justice and restorative justice. It is my view that by thinking about and sharpening these concepts, then applying them to a unified family court system, we will help save lives, reduce injury, and provide needed services to the many children and families who appear daily in our nation’s courts. (excerpt)


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