May 31, 2017. Jacob ben Abraham. An acquaintance recently hailed me on my way to court, where my usual work involves representing poor folks accused of crimes. The acquaintance had been waiting outside the office of a private attorney whose work also involves frequent representation of more affluent accused persons. Was I in favor of recreating the Drug Court of Bulloch County, which had operated for a decade before lapsing with the retirement of the judge who had started it? I only had a moment to respond at that time because I was due to be in court to represent several drug offenders. I promised a more complete response when I could take the time to reflect. After some reflection I decided to try to put my thoughts about this subject into writing. I have long agreed with Flannery O’Conner that “I don’t really know what I think until I see what I say.” Since my experience deeply informs my opinion on such matters, I here use my alias Jacob ben Abraham to protect my anonymity as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. As you will see I think well enough of my experience and my conclusions to believe I should publish the result in the Journal of Public Law.
ACCOUNTABILITY COURTS IN GENERAL AND THE LOCAL DRUG COURT IN PARTICULAR.