A natural companion to the recently published Drug Control and the Courts (SAGE 1996), this accessible volume focuses on five case studies in judicial innovation - the dedicated drug treatment courts in Miami, Oakland, Fort Lauderdale, Portland and Phoenix. Each case is presented in a chapter written by a local expert to describe and evaluate five prime examples of dedicated drug treatment courts. These chapters are written to a common outline and each discuss the following points: community demographics; structural organization of the court; court caseloads, including drug cases; successes and failures of initial goals and objectives and subsequent adaptations; and measures of long-term successes and failures.

From “Treatment” to “Justice” in Oakland, California

From “Treatment” to “Justice” in Oakland, California
From “treatment” to “justice” in Oakland, California
BrookeBedrick and Jerome H.Skolnick

Oakland, California, is home to two drug courts: the Oakland-Piedmont-Emeryville Municipal Court drug court, inaugurated in January 1991 under the leadership of Judge Jeffrey Tauber, and the Alameda County Superior Court drug court, inaugurated in January 1995 under the leadership of Judge Martin Jenkins. Both courts target individuals charged with low-level drug felonies, for example, the possession of certain controlled substances (California Health and Safety Code §11350, §11357, and §11358) or the cultivation of marijuana for personal use (California Health and Safety Code Sections §11358). Of these, the Municipal Court drug court (known as Department 3) handles those eligible for drug diversion under California Penal Code §1000, whereas ...

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