Are mental health courts target efficient?


Wolff, N. (2018). Are mental health courts target efficient? International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 57, 67–76.

In practice, the “problem-solving” movement is an attempt to migrate certain problems present among offenders in the traditional criminal court system into an alternative court system that uses a different kind of processing approach; one where the emphasis is on healing, helping, and recovery through therapeutic intervention. The underlying presumption of the problem-solving movement is: there are special problems among offender groups that can be identified and more effectively and efficiently solved through treatment than punishment. Problem-solving courts, in effect, create a diversionary pathway to treatment in an effort to solve (not manage) problems among offenders that manifest as socially or criminally unacceptable behaviors. Topics discussed include mental health courts, target efficiency and horizontal equity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)

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