Therapeutic jurisprudence and the importance of drug courts in the juvenile justice system
Juvenile drug use in the country has grown exponentially in recent years. As such, a large percentage of those juveniles currently charged, retained, or on probation for their crimes have committed these crimes while under the influence of drugs. Many of these juveniles come from drug afflicted childhoods, families, and neighborhoods. The rate of recidivism for juveniles is very high and often leads to adult incarceration. The theory of Therapeutic Jurisprudence, utilized through the drug court process, attempts to rehabilitate juveniles into healthy drug-free adults. This study is devoted to exploring the theory of Therapeutic Jurisprudence through juvenile drug courts and the drug court movement. It also investigates whether or not an universal implementation of drug courts into all Florida juvenile systems would have an affect on these juveniles in relation to rates of recidivism and overall health of these juveniles.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs;Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Policastro, Megan A., "Therapeutic jurisprudence and the importance of drug courts in the juvenile justice system" (2008). HIM 1990-2015. 749.