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Martin Luther King and making amends
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
This quote by King is helping recovering drug addicts find the wisdom behind restorative justice in the Brooklyn courts.
“Martin Luther King Day has really become a day of volunteer work, and encouraging people to do volunteer work,” said Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Jo Ann Ferdinand, supervising judge of Brooklyn Treatment Court (BTC).
Nonviolent drug-offenders and criminal defendants in the BTC receive lesser sentences for successful completion of treatment and courses. Besides basic drug rehabilitation, the BTC mandates that the drug offenders volunteer their time and “give back to the community” that they harmed.