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Judging AddictsDrug Courts and Coercion in the Justice System$
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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

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“Force Is the Best Medicine”

“Force Is the Best Medicine”

Addiction, Recovery, and Coercion

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Judging Addicts

Rebecca Tiger

NYU Press

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

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