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Practical Help for Judges

We realize that judicial authorization is the key to getting a CLTL program started in a new court or district. It can take a bit of persuasion to convince a judge to find time to listen to a proposal to start CLTL in your area. Here are some helpful arguments made by others. Feel free to duplicate ideas or use these pages as references:

Listen to a roundtable discussion about CLTL by a judge, a psychiatrist, and a literature professor (60-minute video).

Read Connecticut facilitator Joseph Wickliffe's letter to a judge (pdf) and his letter to the director of a local program, which lays out the advantages of using CLTL (pdf).

Review a letter written by Judge Robert J. Kane, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, which shares his personal and professional experience with CLTL.

Read Judge Joseph Reardon's article titled Sentencing Defendants to Read.

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