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More Imprisonment Does Not Reduce State Drug Problems

As the U.S. confronts a growing epidemic of opioid misuse, policymakers and public health officials need a clear understanding of whether, how, and to what degree imprisonment for drug offenses affects the nature and extent of the nation’s drug problems. To explore this question, The Pew Charitable Trusts examined publicly available 2014 data from federal… Continue Reading ...
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Massachusetts Sheriffs to Expand Medication Assisted Treatment in Corrections

Massachusetts Sheriffs to Expand Medication Assisted Treatment in Corrections
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Tribal Cultural Competency Information for Judges

Cultural competency guidelines for judges who interact with American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.
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Policies and Procedures; Mentors in Training Program

Many treatment courts use peer support programs or mentor programs to enhance their services and build their capacity. Peer support groups can help new participants navigate the treatment court program and understand court requirements. Peer mentors also serve as evidence that recovery is possible and act as an empathic ally during a difficult time. Mentors,… Continue Reading Policies and Procedur...
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Veterans Treatment Courts 2015: Survey Results

Uses data collected by JPO at AU to identify all veterans treatment courts in operation and to provide a snapshot of the range of policies, practices, and services in those programs. Continue Reading Veterans Treatment Courts 2015: Survey Results
Topics: Study, Veterans
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Leadership Without Fear

The Honorable Kevin S. Burke, Judge of the Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota contributes to the 2012 edition of the Future Trends in State Courts with a publication on strong leadership in a time of judicial uncertainty. Strong leaders in a courtroom not only motivate those who work with them, but create a sense of trust… Continue Reading Leadership Without Fear
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It’s All About the People Who Work in the Courthouse

The Honorable Kevin S. Burke, District Judge for the Hennepin County, Minnesota contributes this article to the 2011 publication of Future Trends in State Courts on keeping court morale high in the face of rising budget constraints. Judge Burke presents challenges facing public sector employees and the difficulties budget constraints can have on morale. By learning some… Continue...
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Innovative Courts Encourage Dissent

the Honorable Kevin S. Burke, District Judge for Hennepin County, Minnesota contributes to the 2015 Trends in State Court with an article on accepting dissent in court settings. Judge Burke discusses why dissent matters, four steps to fostering constructive dissent, and how to be a good court leader and encourage open conversations.
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