Author Archives: Smart Justice Spokane

Drug courts work, need more support

Editorial Published in the Spokesman Review on January 19, 2016 Excerpt: “Typically, states offer drug courts as an alternative to prison for addicts who are arrested for nonviolent crimes only: In exchange for pleading guilty, a defendant can spend a year undergoing assessment, treatment and monitoring. Crucially, this opportunity is

From Prison to Olympia

By Daniel Walters Published in The Inlander on January 14, 2016 “Each problem exacerbates the others. When felons leave jail, they’re often left with thousands of dollars of fines and court fees that keep increasing due to unpaid interest. Because they’re felons, they’re barred from getting licenses for jobs —

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