The new treatment may help overcome some courts' lingering—and dangerous—aversion to medication-assisted treatment.
Seeing opioid addiction as a disease, instead of a moral failing, helps.
Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with addicts, drug courts were designed to balance punishment with rehabilitation. But after 25 years, the verdict is in: Drug courts embolden judges to practice medicine without a license—and they put lives in danger.
Community courts across the country are fighting judicial backlog and lowering re-arrest rates.
Eric Holder’s plan to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders is met with praise, and supported by the facts.