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?

Problem solving courts: Some lessons from New Zealand

This blog by Rob Hulls was recently published by Centre for Innovative Justice.   Thanks to Rob and the CIJ for permission to republish for the worldwide TJ community... On 24 and 25 January I attended the Future Directions of the Adult Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts Conference at the University of Auckland. After six … Continue reading Problem solving courts: Some lessons from New Zealand

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)

TJ, the Singapore Sentencing Conference, and Beyond

Professor David B. Wexler writes... As we enter the year 2018, it is exciting to look back over the last year to see the important therapeutic jurisprudence activities and developments in various locales across the globe—including Prague, where , in July, the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence was launched; and meaningful conferences in which I … Continue reading TJ, the Singapore Sentencing Conference, and Beyond

Therapeutic courts inspiring law students

RMIT University (Victoria, Australia) law and social work students recently undertook a week-long study tour to Auckland, New Zealand. Led by Rob Hulls and Stan Winford from the Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT students visited the Rangatahi Youth Court, Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment and the Court of New Beginnings and were amazed and delighted … Continue reading Therapeutic courts inspiring law students