What’s Next for Problem-Solving Courts?
Since the Miami-Dade County Drug Court opened in 1989, problem-solving courts—drug courts, community courts, domestic violence courts, mental health courts, and others—have proliferated and become an effective method for addressing both community safety needs and the treatment needs of offenders. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Center for Court Innovation brought together policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the coordination of problem-solving courts on a statewide level. Participants discussed topics ranging from building legitimacy to adapting problem-solving principles to other settings. They also explored what the role of a statewide coordinator should be.
See the report A New Way of Doing Business for a summary of the meeting. Also, read about BJA’s Community-Based Problem-Solving Criminal Justice Initiative.