Legal System Paper
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Legal System Paper
1. Select a topic of interest relating to addiction issues and the legal system. The
topic should be relevant to the treatment and recovery field. Some examples:
– intoxicated drivers and legal consequences
– drug court or other diversion programs
– decriminalization -vs- legalization
– unauthorized immigrants and substance use charges
– differences in sentencing based on ethnicity, gender or class
– consideration of LGBTQ issues/needs in the legal system
– charges and sentencing related to gambling addiction
– adolescent substance users and legal charges
– treatment options offered in prison
2. Find 3 + academic resources that address your topic.
3. Based on your resources, discuss how the legal system addresses the addiction topic
you selected and treats those struggling with addiction.
4. Analyze the legal system’s approach to these issues and critique the system’s
effectiveness and/or limitations in addressing these issues.
– Based on your research, how effective is the legal system’s handling of
– Based on your research, what are some limitations with the legal
– Based on your research, what changes or suggestions should be
5. Papers should be between 6-8 typed double-spaced pages (12 point Font) in the APA
format for a literature review. In particular, please follow these general APA
guidelines: title page format (please include both running head & heading),
introduction, proper citations, and list of references (reference page). For assistance,
please review the tools and resources provided in the legal system folder on
blackboard. I strongly recommend, during and after writing your paper that you
check it with the paper example I have provided. This will help to ensure that
your paper is consistent with the proper APA literature review formatting
required for this assignment.
6. Paper format suggestions:
– Allow 2 pages to present your topic and its relevancy to the recovery
– Allow 2-3 pages to discuss information from your resources.
– Allow 2-3 pages for your analysis and critique.