Drug Treatment Courts

Peter Lang Publishing, 2008

Hon. Morris B. Hoffman, Denver District Court, Author of “The Drug Court Scandal,” North Carolina Law Review

"Whiteacre has managed to construct a well-balanced but stark image of what really goes on, both good and bad, when the curative intentions of addiction therapists get wedded to the incarcerating power of the state."

Daniel Abrahamson, Drug Policy Alliance

"Drug Court Justice, Experiences in a Juvenile Drug Court, by Kevin Whiteacre, is a path-breaking and long overdue exploration of the world of drug treatment courts."

"Drug Court Justice is an important and necessary addition to the literature on drug courts."

Other Articles on Drug Treatment Courts

Whiteacre, K. (2004). Denial and adversity in a juvenile drug court. International Journal of Drug Policy, 15(4), 297-304.

Whiteacre, K. (2007). Strange bedfellows: The tensions of coerced treatment in a juvenile drug court. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 18(3), 260-273.

Making Peace with Drugs


This article suggests that society can reduce drug-related harms by encouraging responsible, healthy drug use. To this end, drug users themselves should be included in conversations about drugs. Though drug users have historically developed and disseminated norms and traditions that have helped people control their drug use, their voices have generally been excluded from the dominant discourse on drugs. Often, they are relegated to the status of objects to be studied, cured, or punished. This results from the war making approach to drugs, characterized by attempts to eliminate certain drugs identified by authorities as dangerous. Instead, peacemaking theory suggests that responsible drug use can be encouraged through open conversations that include everyone willing to share.

Whiteacre, K. & Pepinsky, H. (2002). Controlling Drug Use. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 13(1), 21-31.

Student Paper

Winner of the Lindesmith Center/Drug Policy Foundation (now the Drug Policy Alliance)

1st Annual International Conference Student Paper Contest, 2001

"When we think of drugs and drug users certain images come to mind. The images are products of an array of culturally specific connotations associated with these terms. Most likely, “drug users” do not conjure up images of people sitting around a cafe consuming caffeine and nicotine. Rather, one might think of a pot smoking hippie or an emaciated crack addict. Such images and connotations are produced largely through the media... But less recognized is the role that researchers and scholars play in the production of these images. This paper seeks to identify how the discursive practices of criminology contribute to the creation of drug user identities."

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