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We describe Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) as the ideal “lens” with which to critically evaluate programs, processes, statutes, rules and the actors themselves which populate our legal system. According to Professors David B. Wexler and Bruce Winick, TJ asks the ultimate question, “whether the law’s anti-therapeutic consequences can be reduced, and its therapeutic consequences enhanced, without subordinating due process and other justice values".  TJ acknowledges that law is a social force with inevitable, though frequently unintended consequences, for the mental health and psychological functioning of those it affects. It proposes to study law and legal processes using the tools of social science research to evaluate and critique law, legal processes and practices, and based on these insights, it suggests education and reforms to “minimize anti-therapeutic consequences and to facilitate achievement of therapeutic ones”.

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