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Drugs Courts: A Fresh Approach or a Continuation of the Old Paradigm?

  • When
  • February 25, 2015
    1:00–8:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Programs
  • Global Drug Policy Program

Are Drugs Courts a Viable Alternative to Prison or Just Another Problem?


Drug courts offer court-supervised drug treatment for people who might otherwise be sent to jail or prison. While finding alternatives to jail is an honorable undertaking, are drug courts a fresh approach or just a new version of the old paradigm?

A diverse panel discusses lessons learned from the U.S. drug courts and their implications for the change in criminal justice practice around the world. 


  • Rick Jones, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
  • Jim Parsons, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Elaine Pawlowski, parent advocate and retired educator
  • Jason Cherkis, investigative reporter, Huffington Post
  • Denise Tomasini-Joshi, (moderator) Open Society Foundations

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