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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ind. Courts - Authoritarian vs. clinically based drug courts

"Courts balance drug punishment vs. treatment" is the headline to this story by Mark Wilson in the Sunday Evansville Courier & Press that begins:

BOONVILLE, Ind. — Warrick County Drunk Driving and Drug Court Director Kevin Groves' personal experience with addiction and training as a licensed social worker are examples of a growing move toward drug court programs that are based less on punishment and more on clinical treatment.

It's what Warrick Superior Court Judge Keith Meier calls "therapeutic jurisprudence," or in layman's wording, "helping folks in solving problems."

Warrick's drug court has graduated 80 of 136 participants since it began in 2005, including 15 in January.

"We have had a successful program, and I think it is because it is clinically based," Meier said.

While some drug court programs take a more authoritarian approach, Meier said clinically based programs address the issue by looking at the root causes of offenders' behaviors.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 4, 2012 11:16 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts