People in trouble – whether it’s addiction, debt or homelessness – often find that their problems lead them to court. But, all too often, courts don’t have the tools to address those underlying issues. The most vulnerable can end up trapped in a revolving door of crime and punishment at a huge cost to both their own wellbeing and that of the people around them."
There’s never an easy time to have the courage to step outside of the norm, but with the StreetCraft support and encouragement, for me, the rewards of learning and growing are always worth the risk of stepping off the precipice"
In the emerging literature on problem solving courts, from drug courts, domestic violence courts and community courts, we are beginning not to see just that they work but why they work and fairness seems to be the key. Not programming, not deterrence nor severity, but with offenders, victims and communities feeling like they are being treated fairly"
It appears, then, that there is a golden thread in these swift and certain innovations. That the process by which we treat people is more important than whether they win or lose- maybe people know that sometimes they will lose in the justice system, but they are more likely to accept it if the process is fair"