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Authorities hail Drug Treatment Court programme

Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 | 5:23 pm Comments 0

Principal Executive Officer at Court Management Services, Carol Hughes, says the intervention programme offered by the Drug Treatment Court has been saving the justice system between $3,000 and $13,000 for every person its help.

Hughes notes that these cost savings reflect reduced prison costs, arrests, trials and victimisation.

And she also points out that research has shown that the drug court interventions reduce crime as much as 45 per cent.

She was speaking at a graduation ceremony this week for persons who completed the programme.

For her part, Resident Magistrate at the Corporate Area Court, Maxine Ellis, says the graduates, who have successfully completed the programme, leave the system without a criminal record for the offence for which they were charged.

Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla, has commended the graduates for staying the course of treatment, and has urged them to remain drug free, and become productive citizens.

The Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Court, which was established in 2001, offers a treatment programme for individuals, who commit offences while under the influence of drugs including alcohol, ganja, cocaine, morphine, opium and heroin.

Persons must be 17 years and older, and must not have any mental condition that would restrict active participation in the programme.

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