Problem Solving Courts | L47xx
Problem solving courts are specialized courts where judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, treatment providers and other community actors work together, in an innovative, non-adversarial fashion, to promote the best possible outcomes for defendants and participants. Drug courts, veterans treatment courts, mental health courts, DUI courts, victims-of-human-trafficking courts, all are examples of the legal system taking a treatment-centered approach to assist individuals with specific challenges. This course will examine the different kinds of problem solving courts currently operating in the U.S. and abroad, as well as the guiding principles (10 Key Components) of specialty courts, the philosophies which underlie them, and the legal issues that arise in the treatment context. This course will be experientially based, requiring students to observe the workings of local problem solving courts to gain a first-hand understanding of how the legal system is changing to help offenders live productive lives while at the same time reducing recidivism and increasing public safety.
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)