Public confidence in American criminal courts is at an all-time low. Victims, communities, and even offenders view courts as unable to respond adequately to complex social and legal problems including drugs, prostitution, domestic violence, and quality-of-life crime. Even many judges and attorneys think that the courts produce assembly-line justice.
Increasingly embraced by even the most hard-on-crime jurists, problem-solving courts offer an effective alternative. As documented by Greg Berman and John Feinblattâ€”both of whom were instrumental in setting up New Yorkâ€™s Midtown Community Court and Red Hook Community Justice Center, two of the nationâ€™s premier models for problem-solving justiceâ€”these alternative courts reengineer the way everyday crime is addressed by focusing on the underlying problems that bring people into the criminal justice system to begin with.
The first book to describe this cutting-edge movement in detail, Good Courts features, in addition to the Midtown and Red Hook models, an in-depth look at Oregonâ€™s Portland Community Court and reviews the growing body of evidence that the problem-solving approach to justice is indeed producing positive results around the country.
Author : Greg Berman
ISBN : 1565849736
Language : English
No of Pages : 237
Publication Date : 6/1/2005
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 8.3x5.8x1.1
Book weight : 0.01
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