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Anger Management Expert: Court Ordered Anger Management Classes Are An Overly Simplified Answer To A Complex Problem That Costs Taxpayers More In The Long Run


BETHESDA, Md (September 23, 2010) - Every year thousands of people are required to take a court ordered anger management class. This is oftentimes mandated as an alternative to jail time for people who have been involved in some altercation, verbal or physical, including domestic violence.

The courts are oftentimes very vague as to exactly what completing an anger management class entails beyond ordering the offender to reappear in court on a certain date with proof of course completion.

Many of the classes are very effective and helpful to offenders.

However, according to an anger management expert, court ordered classes are not always the right solution and may in fact end up putting more people at risk and costing taxpayers more money.

Joe James, a Bethesda, MD psychologist who specializes in anger management has argued “Court ordered anger management classes are often used as a band-aid, one size fits all solution that often fail to address the real issue. While it may appear that the person in question has an anger problem the reality for many of these people is that what appears to be anger is oftentimes a symptom of a deeper mental health problem such as bipolar disorder, or substance abuse.”

Mr. James added, “Without these problems being first recognized and appropriately treated an anger management class is likely to be of little help to these people. This can result in the offender having another episode and possibly seriously injuring someone or themselves.”

Mr. James concluded, “A mandatory mental health evaluation prior to sentencing would go a long way to ensuring that offenders were put into the proper treatment program. While this may cost taxpayers a little more upfront, it would likely go a long way to saving money in the long run because an offender receiving appropriate treatment is much less likely to act out and end up in the judicial system again.”

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