By Dawn Moore
Attitudes towards crime, criminals, and rehabilitation have shifted significantly, but the concept there's a causal hyperlink among drug dependancy and crime prevails. As legislations reformers demand habit therapy as a treatment to the failing conflict on medications, it's also time to contemplate the intense implications of becoming a member of felony and healing practices in an assumedly benevolent bid to healing the criminal. Case reports from drug therapy courts and dependancy remedy courses illustrate the tensions among legislation and psychology, remedy and punishment, and conflicting theories of dependancy. by way of having a look apparently at the legal addict as an artefact of legal justice, this ebook asks us to query why the criminalized drug consumer has turn into this type of concentration of up to date legal justice practices.
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The mixed methodology I deploy here belies the scholarly compulsion to carefully align one’s self with a particular theoretical tradition to which one must stay “true” in one’s research. Following scholars like Valverde (2005) and Cole (2001), I am not interested in orienting my work as “Foucauldian,” “Latourian,” “Goffmanesque,” or otherwise. These scholars offer methods, not theories, of understanding the social world. As such, it should be possible (and this is Valverde’s argument) to borrow from an array of methods in order to do research.
Group and individual therapy, art and music therapy, as well as vocational and educational programming were all part of the technologies of change initially exercised at OCI. In “encounter sessions” prisoners confronted each other about their addictions and criminal behaviours and took responsibility for their actions. On the ten-year anniversary of OCI, Alf Gregerson, past assistant superintendent, reflected on the decidedly welfarist treatment philosophy popular during that time: My idea of treatment is to dig down until you find something good in a person, that I could not find something good in.
It is also the province in which, since the Second World War, some of the most significant developments in penal drug policy have emerged. Ontario had its own research and treatment centres, and it ran experimental treatment programs linked with the penal system. The high level of activity around penal drug treatment that characterized the province in the 1950s continues today. Ontario was the first province to host a DTC, and it continues to run and develop penal treatment programs. My focus on Ontario does not preclude the extension of my observations to other jurisdictions.
Criminal artefacts: governing drugs and users by Dawn Moore