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From Many Corners, Journalism Seeking Solutions

December 13, 2016
Author: 
David Bornstein

The New York Times - One encouraging pattern visible across the country is a gradual shift from reflexive punishment, which is usually counterproductive and wasteful, to harm reduction and treatment. This theme is explored in “Chasing Heroin,” a two-hour PBS Frontline documentary produced by Marcela Gaviria, which illuminates the country’s heroin crisis through the lives of people who are addicted. The film explains the public policies that shaped the crisis and reports on some alternatives to punishment, including drug courts, and a promising initiative in Seattle, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, which — while far from a cure for addiction — has been shown to markedly reduce criminality among addicts.

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