Judging Addicts

Judging Addicts

Drug Courts and Coercion in the Justice System

eBook - 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. 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.
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780814759417
0814759416
9780814785966
9780814784075
9780814784068
Characteristics: 1 online resource (209 pages)

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