Healing Criminal Justice - A Journey to Restore Community in Our Courts
Publisher: JJJ Press
From the streets of Oakland, to the heartland of America, to the hallowed halls of the nation’s capital, Judge Jeffrey Tauber recounts his ascent to the leadership of the nation’s drug court movement. He paints a picture of how community can impact our perception of crime, criminals, and drug offenders in particular. That realization led him to spearhead drug court movement in the U.S., beginning with the formation of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the premier training, membership, and advocacy organization for the treatment court model.
In Healing Criminal Justice Tauber recalls his time on the Oakland bench as one of the nation’s first drug court judges and how he helped transform a nascent field with a dozen scattered courts into a nationwide movement. Through the drug court movement, he sought to address one of the most difficult issues of our time; how leadership can successfully alter the trajectory of an intransigent and seemingly unmovable institution like the criminal court. In wistful and humorous anecdotes, he recounts his worldwide travels and journey from struggling harmonica player to journeyman saxman playing Oakland and D.C.’s clubs, and how both contributed to his understanding of the most vital element in the criminal justice system: community.