This article explores the intersection of geography, law and treatment through the lens of drug treatment courts. We show how the courts facilitate addiction treatment in part through specific definitions of urban spaces as either healthy or unhealthy. We argue that these definitions rely on the problematic notions that drug use is a geographically fixed activity and that neighbourhoods deemed unhealthy (because of either drug using or criminal activity) are essentially bad, void of any supportive features. These observations lead us to a broader framework of 'spatio-therapeutics' which is simultaneously productive and repressive.

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Social and Legal Studies
Department of Law and Legal Studies

Moore, D, Freeman, L. (Lisa), & Krawczyk, M. (Marian). (2011). Spatio-Therapeutics: Drug Treatment Courts and Urban Space. Social and Legal Studies, 20(2), 157–172. doi:10.1177/0964663910391521