Gisele Pollack is working to get each and every cannabis case automatically diverted to her misdemeanor Drug Court division

there's at least one Broward judge who is fighting back against selective enforcement of the drug laws, detailed in this New York Times Editorial.  Gisele Pollack is working to get each and every cannabis case automatically diverted to her misdemeanor Drug Court division upon filing by the Clerk, no matter how bad a Defendant's prior record may be.  Those who qualify by statute and choose to stick with the program can get the charges dropped, while felons can earn a withhold if they follow through, keeping their driver's licenses and jobs in the process.  Howard Finkelstein has already signed off. 

Here's what Pollack had to say when asked why she's pushing for widespread cannabis diversion:

"I don't want the disproportionate arrest factor being perpetuated in the criminal justice system any longer.  It bugs me.  It really does.  I want to eliminate it by giving every individual a fair opportunity to participate in a misdemeanor Drug Court program."Not much to add to that, except all judges need to listen up when Gisele's talking ...

It takes courage, honesty, dedication to admit that you are struggling and that you will seek counseling.
Judge Gisele Pollack did it, and she did it,because she wants to be healthy and strong to continue serving the community she loves so much.
Judge Gisele Pollack is the most caring and compassionate person. She is the BEST judge Broward County has. She is an outstanding, caring jurist who brings a human touch to the criminal justice system. 
I believe she has the strength and desire to overcome this difficulty. I am certain that she will continue to serve our community and she will continue to make a positive difference for so many of our residents. 
Judge Gisele Pollack, like every human being, has challenges but she is a strong woman that has proven to be one of our wisest and most compassionate jurist. 

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