The Journal for Advancing Justice is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that provides justice and public health professionals, policymakers, academics, scholars and researchers a forum to share evidence-based and promising practices on the most pressing issues facing the justice system today.
Volume I, "Identifying and Rectifying Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Treatment Courts," was published in May 2018 and featured six scholarly articles containing cutting-edge findings from the largest multi-site studies conducted to date on disparities in treatment courts. In addition, outcomes are reported from experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of culturally proficient interventions designed to neutralize barriers faced by some racial and ethnic groups in treatment courts and blunt the piercing impact of racial discrimination and implicit cultural biases. Confronting this critical issue head-on, Volume I provides critical insight into how treatment courts and the broader justice system can meet its most basic obligations and achieve its highest aspirations.
Volume II, "Best Practices in the Justice System for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic," will be published in July 2019. It acknowledges some of the very real barriers justice professionals face to deploying clinical best practices in legal settings for justice-involved persons with opioid use disorder, but it also addresses the profound, misguided and sometimes institutionalized lack of understanding about medication-assisted treatment (MAT). It provides a range of articles written by both clinicians and justice professionals. These articles examine thoughtful clinical and legal strategies, provide insight into perspectives of and barriers to MAT, and review recent legal precedents that may have far-reaching effects on future criminal and legal cases.
Says Director of Advancing Justice Melissa Fitzgerald, "The Journal for Advancing Justice harnesses our field's collective expertise to further evidence-based reform where it is most needed. This journal is an invaluable resource to justice and treatment professionals alike." To learn more about Advancing Justice, click here.
Editor in Chief
Douglas B. Marlowe, JD, PhD
Vol. II Guest Editor
Laurence Westreich, MD
Carolyn Hardin, MPA