Opioids: Tauber’s Book “Healing Criminal Justice” — Can Restore Communities!

“Community, or its absence, pervades everything we do. It controls our behavior through a socialization process that begins almost at birth. When it deteriorates, ‘niche communities’ fill the void, which can prove destructive as gang culture in L.A., as uplifting as a church choir, or as life changing as a drug court.” Judge Tauber

INTERVIEW

Publisher, of Home School Lifestyle magazine, and founder of the Student Empowerment Program, Inc. W. Calvin Anderson, M. Ed met and interviewed retired Judge Jeffrey Tauber at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) AllRise2019 Training Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.  Anderson, also serves on the board of STOP Stigma Now, Inc. (SSN). He is now learning and training about substance abuse addiction, research, treatment (including medication assisted treatment or MAT), and the problem-solving courts from the preeminent SSN board members who are scholar/practitioners in the multiservice field with 25 to 50 years of experience. Anderson took part in the extensive training by NADCP and supported the valuable information outreach of the STOP Stigma Now, Inc. organization.

Judge Jeffrey Tauber ret., is a pioneer in the development of court-based rehabilitation systems, spearheading the development and growth of Drug Courts and other Problem-Solving courts across the United States. He was the founding President of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP,1994-2001) and Executive Director of the National Drug Court Institute (1997-2001). In 2008 he was elected “president emeritus for life” of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

He has written extensively on court-ordered rehabilitation systems and drug policy, including the first Drug Court Manual published, “Drug Courts: A Judicial Manual”, (California Center for Judicial Education and Research, 1994) and “Rational Drug Policy Reform: A Resource Guide.” (CSPC 2001). He has also written “A Proposal for a National Reentry Court Initiative: Four Policy Papers.” (Alexandria VA: National Association of Drug Court Professionals, 2009).

Jeffrey Tauber is currently the Director/Editor of Reentry Court Solutions (RCS), an educational initiative that provides a national information website (reentrycourtsolutions.com), as well as technical assistance, training, and advisory services to the field.

In June of 1999, the newly founded International Association of Drug Court Professionals (IADCP) elected him their first chairperson. In that capacity, he presented before the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Caribbean Conference of Magistrates and other International organizations.

He has consulted and been an advisor to over a dozen nations.
As a judge in Oakland, California, Jeffrey Tauber initiated and presided over the design and implementation of the Oakland Drug Court Program, one of the first in the nation (1990), and was the first President of the California Association of Drug Court Professionals (CADCP).

While on the bench, (1985-97) Oakland’s Drug Court received the Public Employees’ Roundtable Award for “Outstanding County-Run Public Service Program in the Nation” and the California Administration Office of the Courts’ “Ralph Kelps Award for Court Innovations”. Judge Tauber (ret.) was a member of the California Judiciary from 1985-1997. He is a graduate of the City University of New York and Boston University Law School.

            Anderson’s Takeaways… 

“Healing Criminal Justice: A Journey to restore community in the Courts” by the retired Judge Jeffrey Tauber, I came to the following conclusions.

1) The opioid epidemic in the United States is not an “intangible set” of human circumstances. The epidemic represents real American community crises that can be reduced, if we approach them with clearly human and earnest wholistic leadership lenses.

2) This crisis locally represents a set of “individuals and families” in each of our communities who are in very serious trouble. Individuals in families, have altered their futures with substance abuse, and thereby created “brain disorders” that in most cases are now “chronic disease” disorders with daily-life-threatening potential.

4) If we use “all community resources” both human and environmental, we can help individuals with Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs) a life-changing problem, and radically (by extension) help to heal and fix many related aspects of the human disconnection and environmental disorder, rampant in our 21st century American communities today.

5) If we “fast-track” an invitation to “innovative, high-quality and competitive” high schools, colleges and graduate schools with capable leaders involved in sports, STEM sciences, pre-law, ROTC, into this opioid prevention and problem-solving movement we then have a cost-effective an invaluable resource not heretofore considered in our community leadership equations.

To this end, the Student Empowerment Program, Inc. has created an instructional design education project called, STOP Stigma Now Opioids Project to provide information and lesson delivery on our hashtag #STOPStigmaNowOpioids .

For more information please click on the link below:

Judge Tauber

http://www.stopstigmanow.org/

Student Empowerment Program, Inc.

https://studentempowerment.us/

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