My Favorite Things: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Victims' Rights in America

December 1, 2014 3:39 PM

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Its holiday time and that means special gifts for family and people in your life. I am preparing to teach for winter semester, Nova Southeastern University, an interdisciplinary (doctoral) course in law, forensic psychology and criminal justice. The topic is mental health courts, therapeutic justice and creating system change through behavioral health and problem solving justice strategies. A long title for a broad subject, which deepens as the year's progress.

As the pioneer of The Broward County Mental Health Court, the nation's first problem solving court dedicated to the decriminalization of persons arrested with serious mental illnesses. I was privileged to be elected to the judiciary, at a time (1997) when Broward County's criminal justice system was...

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