Problem-Solving Courts: An International Comparison

James L. Nolan

in The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730148
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Problem-Solving Courts: An International Comparison

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This article assesses the success of “therapeutic jurisprudence,” which is placed in the setting of problem-solving courts. Some examples of these problem-solving courts are domestic violence courts, drug courts, and community courts. It reviews the changes of these specialty courts within the United States and in other countries, and determines some basic differences in their approaches. Next it observes that the difference between treatment and punishment becomes even more blurred, which results in practices that are more corrective than those found in a normal criminal court. This article emphasizes that Americans may do well in learning about and following the example set by the legal-cultural qualities of the other countries that are discussed.

Keywords: therapeutic jurisprudence; problem-solving courts; specialty courts; treatment; punishment; legal-cultural qualities

Article.  11354 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Courts and Procedure ; Corrections

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