All posts by Cynthia Alkon

Happy Therapeutic Birthday: The First Drug Court Turns 20

Earlier this month the first drug court in the USA, in Dade County Florida, marked its 20th birthday. Many newspapers observed the anniversary and published what are now fairly commonplace stories about successful participants—along with a new twist of possible drug court closures due to tough economic times. At this point one third of all … Continue reading Happy Therapeutic Birthday: The First Drug Court Turns 20

It Just Isn’t Fair: Why Defendants Reject “Good” Plea Bargain Deals

Many years ago, when I was a deputy public defender in Los Angeles, I represented a client charged with sales of crack cocaine as a third strike.  This meant he was facing 25 years to life in prison.  My client had no defense and did not deny the charge.  The prosecutor offered to “strike a … Continue reading It Just Isn’t Fair: Why Defendants Reject “Good” Plea Bargain Deals

Restorative Justice in Texas and Beyond

This week academics and practitioners will join together at the 2nd National Conference on Restorative Justice:  “Mainstreaming Restorative Justice: Empowering Communities, Restoring Responsibility” at the University of Texas at San Antonio, on May 13-15, 2009. According to the website:  “The National Conference on Restorative Justice will feature four primary program tracks.  These tracks are: Academic and Research, Faith and … Continue reading Restorative Justice in Texas and Beyond