Vice Squad
Monday, November 15, 2004
One View of Coerced Treatment

First, apologies for being away. Second, a warning that there will be a couple more days of light blogging, alas.

The view of drug courts comes from Blonde Justice, via the new-look Crim Law. Here's a sample:
The court offered my client 6 months jail or a 6 month residential program. The catch is that if he failed to complete the 6 month residential program, he'd face one year of jail.

It is always difficult to counsel clients on this decision. Very few of my clients successfully complete the program. The rest are setting themselves up for "jail on the installment plan." Most clients cannot see it this way. Most look at the short term and see "leaving jail today," not "possibly coming back to jail for a year." Every client believes that they'll be the one to be successful, that this is their chance (or maybe they don't even believe it, they're just saying it), and who am I to tell them otherwise? I lay out the choices, and the consequences, and let my clients make their own decisions.

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