For the past two-and-a-half decades, a new approach to addressing criminal behavior has spread across the United States and, indeed, across the Pacific Ocean to Guam. Today, all the states and territories have introduced specialty courts, frequently referred to as “problem solving” or “therapeutic” courts, to supplement the more traditional judicial approach to prosecuting criminal behavior. These specialty courts target crimes associated with drug addiction, mental health problems, family violence and veterans’ issues, among others.
Pacific Daily News, February 28, 2016
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