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Judging addicts : drug courts and coercion in the justice system

Author: Rebecca Tiger
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2012.
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The number of people incarcerated in the U.S. now exceeds 2.3 million, due in part to the increasing criminalization of drug use: over 25% of people incarcerated in jails and prisons are there for drug offenses. Judging Addicts examines this increased criminalization of drugs and the medicalization of addiction in the U.S. by focusing on drug courts, where defendants are sent to drug treatment instead of prison.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Tiger, Rebecca.
Judging Addicts : Drug Courts and Coercion in the Justice System.
New York : NYU Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Tiger
ISBN: 9780814759417 0814759416
OCLC Number: 818819038
Description: 1 online resource (209 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Both Bad and Sick; 2 Criminalizing Deviance: Reconciling the Punitiveand Rehabilitative; 3 "The Right Thing to Do for the Right Reasons": The Institutional Context for the Emergence of Drug Courts; 4 "Enlightened Coercion": Making Coercion Work; 5 "Force Is the Best Medicine": Addiction, Recovery, and Coercion; 6 "Now That We Know the Medicine Works": Expanding the Drug Court Model; Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z; About the Author.
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The number of people incarcerated in the U.S. now exceeds 2.3 million, due in part to the increasing criminalization of drug use: over 25% of people incarcerated in jails and prisons are there for drug offenses. Judging Addicts examines this increased criminalization of drugs and the medicalization of addiction in the U.S. by focusing on drug courts, where defendants are sent to drug treatment instead of prison. Rebecca Tiger explores how advocates of these courts make their case for what they call "enlightened coercion," detailing how they use medical theories of addiction to justify increase.

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