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Outside the box: Federal judges offer addicts a free path

from The New York Times

Federal judges around the country are teaming up with prosecutors to create special treatment programs for drug-addicted defendants who would otherwise face significant prison time, an effort intended to sidestep drug laws widely seen as inflexible and overly punitive. John Gleeson, a federal judge in Brooklyn, helped establish a "drug court" as an alternative to some long prison sentences. The Justice Department has tentatively embraced the new approach, allowing United States attorneys to reduce or even dismiss charges in some drug cases. more

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