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Therapeutic Courts Essay

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Therapeutic Courts

Through out the court system there is a up and coming alternate approach to sentencing, this approach is called therapeutic court. Therapeutic court is an alternate sentencing that can either shorten the jail time the offender was sentenced to or erase any chance of the offender serving any jail time at all. This sentencing combines both individual counseling as well as group counseling, also allowing these counselors to give random check ups with home visits and strict supervision. This type of court gives nonviolent offenders the chance to not only to stay out of prison but also the chance to better themselves by completing this “rehab like” sentencing and beating ...view middle of the document...

The prison system is an extremely expensive and is spending thousands upon thousands of dollars annually only to house, clothe, and feed one offender. Multiple that my thousands of other offenders just in one prison facility and that is a lot of money wasted on non violent offenders who are in on drug/alcohol possession charges. With the problem solving courts this allows for these offenders to not enter these expensive facilities and instead join a program run by the state that cost far less then it would had the offender went to a prison. By keeping these offenders out of these prison facilities we are also keeping together the family ties that could have been broken due to being locked away in a prison cell. Not only would this possibly break up a married couple but it would also effect the offenders children. Studies show that when a child grows up around addicts and users that are continuously in and out of prison facilities then they soon will believe that this is a normal way of life and will follow in the foot steps of their peers. With this problem solving court, these addicts can overcome their addictions and live a normal lifestyle and steer their children into the right direction and use their past faults as an example to show their children of what not to do as they grow up. Community service is also another impact that comes with this style of court, instead of the offender being locked away and only costing the prison thousands of dollars, these individuals are often given the chance to give back to their communities by cleaning up the community and by telling their stories to people who might be showing signs of going down the same path.

The overall benefit of this type of court is to allow these offenders to beat their addiction with help and support from their peers and counselors, while also staying out of prisons where they are surrounded by other criminals learning new ways to commit different crimes. This court has also shown that it decreases the possibility of these non violent offenders to become repeat offenders when compared to offenders who have served long prison sentences. This is true due to the fact that once the offender has completed his/her problem solving court sentence he/she has now been clean for some time and has little to no desire of ever becoming an addict again, therefore decreasing the chance of becoming a repeat offender. From the courts point of view, the major benefit that they receive from problem solving courts are the major decreases that it brings when talking about the problem with court case backlog; with this type of court brings less repeat offenders therefore there are less court cases that have to be heard by judges and court rooms all over the country. Also as stated before these court sanctions are also saving everyone money by putting less money into the prisons simply because less non violent offenders are being locked away.

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