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Judging Addicts: Drug Courts and Coercion in the Justice System

Rebecca Tiger


The number of people incarcerated in the United States now exceeds 2.3 million, due in part to the increasing criminalization of drug use: over 25 percent of people incarcerated in jails and prisons are there for drug offenses. This book examines this increased criminalization of drugs and the medicalization of addiction in the United States by focusing on drug courts, where defendants are sent to drug treatment instead of prison. It explores how advocates of these courts make their case for what they call “enlightened coercion,” detailing how they use medical theories of drug addiction to jus ... More

Keywords: drug use, drug offenses, criminalization of drugs, medicalization of addiction, incarceration, drug addiction, drug treatment, criminal justice system, enlightened coercion, drug courts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814784068
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814784068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Tiger, author