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Therapeutic Justice : Crime, Treatment Courts and Mental Illness - by Karen A. Snedker (Hardcover)

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`In this book, Karen Snedker has set the stage for the next generation of mental health court reform. This innovative book mixes sociological insights with concrete dialogues taken from interviews with court participants, judges, prosecutors, probation officers and more... Practical considerations combine with the importance of going beyond psychology and inviting sociology to play a larger role in the future development of therapeutic jurisprudence'

---David B. Wexler, Honorary President, International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Arizona, USA, and Professor of Law, University of Puerto Rico, USA

`In Therapeutic Justice, Karen Snedker offers a nuanced analysis of both the promise and pitfalls of mental health courts and therapeutic justice more generally... Students, academics and practitioners alike will find much to appreciate in this thoughtful and thought-provoking book.' ---Katherine Beckett, Professor of Sociology and Professor of Law, Societies and Justice Program, University of Washington, USA

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 the role of rituals and procedural justice in the practices of the court, quantitative data demonstrates the impact of incentives, mental health treatment compliance and graduating patterns from MHC in altering patterns of criminal recidivism. In utilising these methods, this book provides a new understanding of the social processes by which MHCs operate, while narrative stories from MHC participants illustrate both the potential and limitations of these courts. Concluding by charting potential improvements for the functioning and effectiveness of MHCs, the author suggests potential reforms and `best practices' for the future in tandem with rigorous analysis. This book will be of value and interest to students and scholars of criminology, law, and social work, as well as practitioners
Number of Pages: 329 p. ;
Genre: Social Science, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Psychology
Sub-Genre: Criminology, Courts, Mental Health
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Nature
Author: Karen A. Snedker
Language: English
Street Date: June 29, 2018
TCIN: 53907891
UPC: 9783319789019
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-8879
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