Substance Abuse Lecture Third in Series

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The Honorable Milton Raphaelson continued The Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series on April 1 with a lecture titled "Substance Abuse in Society and Its Impact on the Criminal Justice System." Judge Raphaelson retired from the Massachusetts District Court bench in 2000.

"When people ask me how substance abuse impacts the criminal justice system, I answer that the impact is total," remarked Judge Raphaelson to the crowd of students and faculty in Daniels Hall. "If I had to guess, I’d say at least 80% of the cases that came before me were related to drinking or drugging."

After a long career in private practice, Judge Raphaelson was appointed to the bench in 1990 by Governor Michael Dukakis.  He served in Worcester, Hampden and Hampshire Counties before retiring. Over his judicial career, Judge Raphaelson became well-known for his views on the wide and deep impact of substance abuse.  It also should be noted that he has a long history with Becker College, teaching as an adjunct professor from 1963 to 1970.

Judge Raphaelson went on to reiterate his firm beliefs that treatment for substance abusers is much more helpful and productive than incarceration. He said, "Some want more money to build more jails. What they should want is more money for treatment so that the fundamental underlying behavior can be changed. Jail is punishment, not treatment."

Judge Raphaelson’s lecture was the third of six in this spring’s Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College. The series is a forum that invites scholars and professionals to present lectures on topics of interest and importance.

All lectures in the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series are open to the Becker College community and the general public at no charge.