Drug Treatment Courts in the Caribbean


Judge Stephane Haisley, presented the program Drug Treatment Courts in the Caribbean
"Judge Stephane Haisley explained to the attendees the promising outcomes that can be achieved through Drug Treatment Courts"

Washington, D.C. December, 2010

Her honor Judge Stephane Haisley (Jamaica) presented the Program Initiative in Washington D.C. at the Forty-eighth regular session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) before the representatives of each member country. The presentation was a success and raised interest from different countries. Click here for the presentation and  click here for the presentation in Spanish.

The Judge went over the program, explaining the functioning and the participants. She explained the roles of the teams in the DTCs and the ruling they follow; as well as the challenges that this project has.

On previous declarations to the presentation the Chief of Justice of Jamaica, Zaila McCalla, O.J. said: "We are aware of the impact that Drug Courts have had on the reduction of crime and the rate of recidivism among offenders, the reduction of the prison population and the resulting cost effective benefits and we recognize that this can have a tremendous impact on the improvement of our Justice System."

The first meeting of the project will take place in Montego Bay next February. It will count with 60 participants. Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname are sending a team of six persons each, composed by a Judge, Prosecutor, Defense Attorney, Treatment Provider, Probation Officer, and Police Officer. This training will be facilitated by the Canadian team from IADTC and CADTC, lead by Justice Kofi Barnes and Justice Paul Bentley.

This initiative is being executed under the umbrella of OASĀ“s DTC-Americas Initiative. DTC-Caribbean is being carried out by the Organization of the American States (OAS) through the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS) and funded by the Government of Canada through the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP), and administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).Some strategic partners: Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTC) and the International Association of Drug Treatment Courts (IADTC)

updated on 8/1/2013 7:01:21 PM