Conclusion: From Therapeutic Justice to Social Work Criminal Justice
In the conclusion, I turn to the implications of therapeutic justice for MHCs and broader social policy. This chapter summarizes the unique features of MHCs and their important role in contemporary models of criminal justice. It details key strengths and identifies current limitations within the MHC model. Pointing to the future, the book concludes by charting out some improvements in the functioning and effectiveness of MHCs in line with a kind of social work criminal justice. I return to the key paradigms shifts that characterize MHC and offer some reforms based on “best practices” for the next generation of MHCs and problem-solving courts more broadly. MHCs, an innovative therapeutic model of jurisprudence, are an important step toward reforming contemporary criminal justice practices.
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