Judges Matter: How Courts Reduce Crime and Save Money

, New York Law Journal

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Greg Berman and Michael Rempel, respectively, executive director and research director of the Center for Court Innovation, write: A new study shows that drug courts succeed in reducing crime and drug use. We now know drug courts work, but why do they work? What is the secret ingredient? It turns out that the most important factor is the judge. When participants believe that the judge treats them fairly, they do better.

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