Public confidence in American criminal courts is at an all-time low. Victims, communities, and even offenders view courts as unable to respond adequately to complex social and legal problems including drugs, prostitution, domestic violence, and quality-of-life crime. Judges and attorneys think that the courts produce assembly-line justice. But problem-solving courts offer an effective alternative.
A new collection of compelling and challenging essays from one of the leading voices on criminal justice reform, it makes the argument that small changes on the ground can add up to big improvements in criminal justice. How do you launch a new justice reform? How do you measure impact? Is it possible to spread new practices to resistant audiences? Berman tells the tale of successful reforms.