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http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/10/our-view-on-cri.html
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Our view on crime and punishment: 'Therapy with teeth' Drug courts save money, reduce crowding, aid non-violent offenders...
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/15/us/15drugs.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
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Scott Elkins was congratulated by his mother, Cathy Elkins, after he graduated from a court-administered anti-drug program...
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/11/AR2008101102051.html
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As the nation's inmate population climbs toward 2.5 million, the U.S. Sentencing Commission is considering alternatives...

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http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20080609/NEWS/806090455/1661
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The program is part of a criminal justice trend toward specialized courts, such as Sarasota County's Drug Court, to treat the underlying cause of a crime instead of simply punishing the offender.
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http://www.newsweek.com/id/114717
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Drug courts reduce crime rates substantially, says West Huddleston of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
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http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-06-01-veterans-court_N.htm
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The defendants all are military veterans or family members. The court typically handles non-violent offenses, Russell said, with the veterans required to get mental health or addiction counseling, find jobs, stay clean and sober and get their lives back on track.
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http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/01/expand-drug-cou.html
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When I took office as the U.S. "drug czar" in 1996, 12 drug courts existed. Today, this country supports 2,016 drug courts.
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http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-12-20-alternativecourts_N.htm
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The courts, which are multiplying across the USA, began 18 years ago as an experiment to attack a growing crack cocaine epidemic in Miami.