The ACLU report, “HEALTHCARE NOT HANDCUFFS: Putting the Affordable Care Act to Work for Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform,” outlines some of the major provisions of the ACA relevant to criminal justice and drug policy reform and explores specific applications of those provisions, including program and policy examples and suggested action steps.
The guide includes:
Thirteen principles to consider in treating adolescent substance use disorders;
Frequently asked questions about adolescent drug use;
Settings in which adolescent drug abuse treatment most often occurs;
Evidence-based approaches to treating adolescent substance use disorders; and
The role of the family and medical professionals in identifying teen substance use and supporting treatment and recovery.
The Vermont Senate has passed three notable criminal justice reforms: S.184 relating to eyewitness identification, S.297 relating to videotaping interrogations in sexual assault and homicide cases, and S.285 relating to the furlough of prisoners 65 or older.
The bills may be accessed at the Vermont Legislative Research page.