Top 5 lessons from the Mental Health Court

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren's latest Huffington Post blog... "Rejecting stigma in favor of equality and human dignity is the essence of social justice." -- Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren It has been 18 years since Broward County, Florida launched America's first Mental Health Court dedicated to the decriminalization of persons with serious mental illness. In honor of all … Continue reading Top 5 lessons from the Mental Health Court

Mental health courts informing mainstream courts

Guest blogger Michelle Edgely considers how mental health courts can inform improvements in mainstream courts for people with mental illnesses.... Mental health courts have been subjected now to decades of research. Collectively, this body of research demonstrates that properly designed and implemented mental health courts can cost-effectively and safely reduce recidivism while improving the health and psychosocial … Continue reading Mental health courts informing mainstream courts

TJ articles – mediation & guardianship; ADR for end of life decisions; competence to have sex

From time to time we will post links t0 articles that examine a range of legal areas through the therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) lens... Click on the title to access the full article Making Mediation Work in Guardianship Proceedings: Protecting and Enhancing the Voice, Rights, and Well-Being of Elders, Jennifer L. Wright University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN … Continue reading TJ articles – mediation & guardianship; ADR for end of life decisions; competence to have sex

Linking Criminal Courts with Treatment and Support

Applying a therapeutic justice approach, mainstream criminal courts can explore, and respond to, the causes of crime... One common cause of offending is substance abuse and addiction.   In specialist drug courts there is a clear link between the criminal justice process and treatment.  In mainstream courts there are many points in the system that can … Continue reading Linking Criminal Courts with Treatment and Support