The Problem with Problem Solving Courts: The Black Box Remains Unopened After Thirty Years
This chapter reflects on the history and development of the problem-solving court model, including the socio-political climate in which it began and explores theories commonly applied to problem-solving courts: therapeutic jurisprudence, deterrence, rehabilitation, procedural justice, and restorative justice. The chapter concludes with a call for research to test the post-hoc theories applied to problem-solving courts and assess whether these individualized courts are serving clients, the court, and communities.
Ahlin, Eilenn, and Douds, Anne S. (2019). The Problem with Problem Solving Courts: The Black Box Remains Unopened After Thirty Years. In Cassia Spohn and Pauline Brennan (Eds.), Handbook on Sentencing Policies and Practices in the 21st Century. New York, NY: Routledge.
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