Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Judging AddictsDrug Courts and Coercion in the Justice System$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rebecca Tiger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814784068

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814784068.001.0001

Show Summary Details

“Force Is the Best Medicine”

“Force Is the Best Medicine”

Addiction, Recovery, and Coercion

Chapter:
(p.88) 5 “Force Is the Best Medicine”
Source:
Judging Addicts
Author(s):

Rebecca Tiger

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814784068.003.0005

This chapter examines how drug court advocates move from an emphasis on drug addiction as a “genuine neurobiological disease of the brain” to the conclusion that “force is the best medicine” when arguing for the important role that coercion can, and should, play in curing addiction. It considers drug court advocates's reliance on the prevailing medical and social sciences to explain addiction and to argue for coerced treatment over incarceration. It also discusses the role of sanctions and incentives in drug court practice, the importance of judges in the success of drug courts, and drug court advocates' arguments for “enlightened coercion.” Finally, it explores the consequences of the broad goals of drug courts arising from a model that combines rehabilitation and punishment.

Keywords:   drug addiction, coerced treatment, incarceration, sanctions, incentives, judges, drug courts, enlightened coercion, rehabilitation, punishment

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.