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By Leslie Paik

Juvenile drug courts are at the upward push within the usa, because of a positive political weather and justice officers' endorsement of the healing jurisprudence movement--the idea of mixing healing care with correctional self-discipline. The aim is to divert nonviolent early life drug offenders into dependancy therapy rather than long term incarceration. Discretionary Justice overviews the method, taking readers behind the curtain of the juvenile drug court docket. in response to fifteen months of ethnographic fieldwork and interviews at a California court docket, Leslie Paik explores the staff's decision-making practices in assessing the youths' circumstances, targeting the way in which responsibility and noncompliance are assessed. utilizing the concept that of "workability," Paik demonstrates how compliance, and what's visible through employees as "noncompliance," are the developed result of employees judgements, fluctuating budgets, and occasionally questionable drug try out results.

While those courts mostly concentrate on maintaining youths accountable for their activities, this ebook underscores the social components that form how employees participants view development within the courtroom. Paik additionally emphasizes the views of kids and oldsters. Given the growing to be emphasis on person accountability in different settings, comparable to faculties and public welfare corporations, Paik's findings are appropriate outdoors the juvenile justice system.

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