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Criminal Artefacts

Governing Drugs and Users

Attitudes toward crime, criminals, and rehabilitation have shifted considerably, yet the idea that there is a causal link between drug addiction and crime prevails. As law reformers call for addiction treatment as a remedy to the failing war on drugs, it is also time to consider the serious implications of joining legal and therapeutic practices in an assumedly benevolent bid to cure the offender. Case studies from drug treatment courts and addiction treatment programs illustrate the tensions between law and psychology, treatment and punishment, and conflicting theories of addiction. By looking curiously on the criminal addict as an artefact of criminal justice, this book asks us to question why the criminalized drug user has become such a focus of contemporary criminal justice practices.

208 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents



1 Introduction

2 Mentalities of Treatment: The Criminal Addict and the Project of Change

3 The Personalities of Drugs

4 Translating Justice and Therapy: The Drug Treatment Court Network

5 Caring for the Addicted Self

6 Conclusion

Notes; References; Index

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