In the following viewpoint, Eric Cohen maintains that drug courts—programs that emphasize therapy and close supervision for drug offenders—are a “feel-good” alternative to prison that have not yet proven themselves effective in reducing recidivism. Most courts have not been in existence long enough to provide accurate records of long-term success. In addition, Cohen asserts, the program totally ignores such concepts as morality and right versus wrong, concentrating instead on transforming the criminal justice system into a therapeutic justice system whose purpose is to focus on...
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