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Discretionary Justice
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Juvenile drug courts are on the rise in the United States, as a result of a favorable political climate and justice officials' endorsement of the therapeutic jurisprudence movement--the concept of combining therapeutic care with correctional discipline. Discretionary Justice overviews the system, taking readers behind the scenes of the juvenile drug court. Based on fifteen months of ethnographic fieldwork and interviews at a California court, Leslie Paik explores the staff's decision-making practices in assessing the youths' cases, concentrating on the way accountability and noncompliance are assessed.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Inside the Black Box of Drug Court Justice
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Setting and Methods
  2. pp. 17-27
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  1. 3. What Court Day Is He? Intercourt Variations
  2. pp. 28-40
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  1. 4. Building Accountability through Assessments of Noncompliance
  2. pp. 41-75
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  1. 5. Social Construction of Drug Test Results
  2. pp. 76-98
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  1. 6. It's Not Just His Probation, It's Mine: Parental Involvement in the Drug Court
  2. pp. 99-127
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  1. 7. Youth Trajectories in the Court
  2. pp. 128-171
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  1. 8. The (In)justice of Discretion: Drug Courts as Therapeutic Punishment and Therapeutic Justice
  2. pp. 172-182
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  1. Appendix A: Methods
  2. pp. 183-189
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  1. Appendix B: Concepts and Terms
  2. pp. 191-192
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  1. Appendix C: Additional Resources
  2. pp. 193-195
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-208
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-226
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  1. About the Author
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