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Study Shows Drug Courts Need Retooling, Argues For Decriminalization

A new report by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), “America’s Problem-Solving Courts; Criminal Cost of Treatment,” available here, finds drug courts need serious re-working . Among the recommendations:

  • A defendant should not be required to
    plead guilty before accessing treatment.
  • Admission criteria must be objective and fair, and prosecutors must relinquish their role as gatekeeper
  • the drug court framework must accommodate long-standing ethical rules.


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