Can a therapeutic jurisprudence approach improve Australian parole systems?

Guest blogger Max Henshaw writes... Nearly half (46%) of adults released from prison in Australia will return within two years. Coupled with growing, and disproportionate, prisoner numbers, Australia is failing to reduce recidivism and facilitate desistance from crime. This situation serves to entrench an already deeply engrained criminal underclass that is debilitated by severe economic … Continue reading Can a therapeutic jurisprudence approach improve Australian parole systems?

Steps towards change – a tool for judges working with persons with substance abuse disorders (TJ Court Craft Series #12)

Guest blogger Magistrate Pauline Spencer writes.... Judicial officers seeing people with substance abuse disorder will often see people who are feeling overwhelmed. By the time they end up in court they often are experiencing poor physical and mental health and their practical reality is stressful and chaotic. Often people don't know where they are heading … Continue reading Steps towards change – a tool for judges working with persons with substance abuse disorders (TJ Court Craft Series #12)

Swift Certain Fair: Does Project HOPE Provide a Therapeutic Paradigm for Managing Offenders? New Book Out Now

A new book by Dr Lorana Bartels, Head of the School of Law and Justice at the University of Canberra, explores the therapeutic potential of Swift Certain Fair approaches... In a review of the book Professor David Wexler, one of the founders of the concept of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, writes: This is an excellent work that demonstrates … Continue reading Swift Certain Fair: Does Project HOPE Provide a Therapeutic Paradigm for Managing Offenders? New Book Out Now

Creating a Re-Entry Court by wagging the probation tail

Guest bloggers Professor David B. Wexler &  Judge Michael D. Jones  (Retired) talk about how to improve people's chances of successful transition from prison to community through a therapeutic application of existing law... A recent Mainstream TJ blog explored the "exportable elements" of the Louisiana Reentry Court spearheaded by Judge William (“Rusty”) Knight that could be explored in … Continue reading Creating a Re-Entry Court by wagging the probation tail

Key elements of a re-entry court for people transitioning from prison to community

Guest bloggers Judge William Knight, Caroline Cooper and David Wexler describe the Louisiana Reentry Court and identify features that may be exportable into other jurisdictions... Under the leadership of Judge William Knight, Louisiana’s 22nd Judicial District (St. Tammany and Washington Parishes) launched a Reentry Court for “high risk/high needs” offenders with multiple prior felony convictions … Continue reading Key elements of a re-entry court for people transitioning from prison to community