Matthew Perry on Smarter Justice: Lessons from the American problem-solving court movement

16 December 2013 18:00

Matthew Perry on Smarter Justice: Lessons from the American problem-solving court movement

Synopsis

Policy Exchange was delighted to host Matthew Perry, star of Friends and The West Wing, for an evening event focusing on criminal justice reform.

Perry, who has spoken frankly about his past addiction and substance abuse problems, is a leading advocate of the ‘problem-solving courts’ movement in the United States – an innovative crime-fighting strategy that seeks creative, evidence-based solutions to offending that is fuelled by drugs and alcohol.

This was a unique opportunity to hear first-hand about the US experience with problem-solving courts and its relevance for UK drugs and criminal justice policy.

We were also joined by West Huddleston, the Chief Executive of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in the US. Huddleston is a leading international expert on drug courts and sobriety courts, models which Policy Exchange has long supported. These dedicated ‘therapeutic’ courts, run by specially-trained judges, have quickly become an important tool across America for reducing reoffending, getting people clean and enhancing public safety.

The event was followed by a Q&A session.

matthew perry on smarter justice: lessons from the american problem-solving court movement