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The Legal Basis for Drug Courts

  • Glade F. Roper


During the 1950s, rehabilitation was the primary goal of the criminal justice system (1). In the 1970s, the effectiveness of rehabilitative programs began to be questioned. By the 1980s, support for rehabilitation had eroded, and the focus shifted from rehabilitation of criminals to punishing and taking them off the street through incarceration (2). In 1990, an assistant warden of a California prison facility told the author that all hope of rehabilitation in the prisons had been abandoned and that the sole purpose of the Department of Corrections was to warehouse the inmates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glade F. Roper
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  1. 1.Superior Court of CaliforniaTulare County, PortervilleUSA

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