Drug Treatment and the Criminal Justice System: What Should It Look Like?


2011 - Los Angeles, CA


Nastassia Walsh, Research Manager, Justice Policy Institute, Washington, DC
Lou Martinez, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor and Proposition 36 Graduate, Sacramento, CA
Howard Josepher, Founder, President and CEO, Exponents, New York, NY
Vitka Eisen, CEO, Walden House, San Francisco, CA
Pat Allard, Deputy Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Toronto, Canada
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, Deputy State Director, Southern California, Drug Policy Alliance
Daniel Abrahamson, Director of Legal Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance, Berkeley, CA

Most of us agree that people should not enter the criminal justice system for drug use or possession, nor should they be mandated to treatment when they don’t want or need it. But what about people whose crimes have victimized others, who enter the criminal justice system and want treatment? What are the best ways for the criminal justice system to provide drug treatment? What is the appropriate role for drug courts? And when is mandated treatment a reasonable alternative to incarceration?