Therapeutic justice : crime, treatment courts and mental illness / by Karen A. Snedker.

This book examines Mental Health Courts (MHC) within a socio-legal framework. Placing these courts within broader trends in criminal justice, especially problem-solving courts, the author draws from two case studies with a mixed-methods design. While court observational and interview data highlight...

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Online Access: Full Text (via EBSCO)
Main Author: Snedker, Karen A. (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Table of Contents:
  • Intro; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; 1 Mental Health Courts as the "New Generation" of Problem-Solving Courts; Shifting Punitive Penal Practices; Problem-Solving Courts; Mental Illness and Criminality; The Advent of Mental Health Courts; Case Study Research Design; Book Outline; References; 2 Beyond Adversarialism?: Collaboration and Therapeutic Goals; Therapeutic Justice; Mission; Mental Illness and Criminal Behavior; Paradigm Shift; Therapeutic Jurisprudence; Collaboration and Reduced Adversarialism; Court Organization and Cultural Practices.
  • CompetencyGoals and Values of Therapeutic Justice; Stigma Remains in MHC; Criticism of MHCs: Net Widening; Wider Nets; Stronger Nets; New Nets; "Nets" Revisited; Mission Alignment; References; 3 Clients and Therapeutic Agents: Court Selection and Team Dynamics; Entry into MHC; Stages of Selection; Selection Process: Bias and Underrepresentation; Client Participation in MHC; "MHC Lite": Both In and Out of MHC; Therapeutic Agents and the MHC Team; Judges; "Buy-In"; Demeanor and Temperament; Team Players; Judicial Consistency; Lawyers; Probation Officers; Other Therapeutic Team Members.
  • Assessing the Therapeutic TeamReferences; 4 Therapeutic Justice in Action: Court Process, Reviews and Sanctions; Procedural Justice in the Court Process; Shifts in Organization and Court Practices; Client Anxiety; Reviews: Accountability, Compliance and Sanctions; The Sanctioning Process; Integrating Elements of a Graduated Sanctions Model; Harm Reduction Insights in MHCs; Individualized Harm Reduction; Positive Sanctions; Negative Sanctions; Jail as a "Last Resort"; Widening Discretion; References; 5 Reducing Recidivism and Pathways to Success.
  • Criminal Recidivism: Incentives, Mental Health Treatment and GraduationIncentives; Beyond the Offer to Dismiss Charges; Expanding Court Program Incentives; Mental Health Treatment; Graduation; Structure and Social Support; Liminal Stage; Broadening the Idea of Success; Success Within Limits; "Frequent Flyers"; Worst-Case Scenarios; References; 6 Stories from Clients: How Mental Health Courts Can Change Lives; "It Has Ruined My Taste for Alcohol": Sobriety, Incentives and Social Support; "It's a Way to Build Healthy Habits": Sobriety, Treatment and Identity.
  • "It Helped Humble Me Down": Faith, Support, and Tools for Living"Just Keeping My Nose Clean": Staying Sober, Compliance and Supportive Housing; "I Don't Have to Keep Going Back to Bad Situations": Trauma, Trust and Responsibility; "Meth Has Been My Downfall. It Destroyed My Life": Drugs, Jail and Structure; "It is Not That Big of a Deal": Mindfulness, Compliance and Education; Client Success Trajectories; References; 7 Conclusion: From Therapeutic Justice to Social Work Criminal Justice; Implementing Reforms for MHCs: Toward Social Work Criminal Justice.