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Rehabilitative Punishment And The Drug Treatment Court Movement, Richard C. Boldt Jan 1998

Rehabilitative Punishment And The Drug Treatment Court Movement, Richard C. Boldt

Washington University Law Review

Part I of this Article briefly summarizes the history of rehabilitative penal practice in the United States during the twentieth century. The discussion pays special attention to the sustained critique of the rehabilitative ideal offered by left-liberal commentators twenty-five to thirty years ago. The discussion analyzes particular shortcomings that plagued corrections practices at this earlier juncture and explores the relevance of that history to today's drug treatment courts. Part II builds on the observation of the left-liberal critics that rehabilitative penal regimes, by blending punitive and therapeutic impulses, often seek to accomplish incompatible goals. This Part suggests that this ...