Drug courts offer court-supervised drug treatment for people who might otherwise be sent to jail or prison. While finding alternatives to jail is an honorable undertaking, are drug courts a fresh approach or just a new version of old, drug war policies?

A diverse panel will discuss what you need to know about drug courts and how they are being promoted as a best practice around the world.


  • Rick Jones, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
  • Jim Parsons, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Elaine Pawlowski, mother and retired educator
  • Jason Cherkis, investigative reporter, Huffington Post
  • Denise Tomasini-Joshi, (moderator) Open Society Foundations

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