CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC


CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC


CICAD: Demand Reduction, EU-LAC

Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug-Dependent Offenders


General objectives of the EU-LAC initiative:

To sensitize prosecutors and judges to drug treatment and rehabilitation as an alternative to incarceration for drug-dependent offenders.

As appropriate, to help improve the policy-making capacity of partner cities to support the provision of drug treatment by creating a learning partnership among programs in different cities.

To build an exchange partnership among cities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union that will mutually reinforce the knowledge, skills and experience they need to better serve their problematic drug users, attaching particular attention to social exclusion problems, the social and health consequences of drug use, and the safeguarding of human rights.


To allow participants in the judicial system, including individual judges and prosecutors; treatment centers; individual health care professionals; city officials; and national representatives in the area of drug treatment to study and compare different models of treatment alternatives to incarceration.

Objectives of the collaborative actions

  • To promote public and judicial awareness in the area of treatment alternatives to incarceration (treatment under court supervision)
  • To collect information about current needs and legal framework of participants in the area of treatment alternatives to incarceration
  • To generate a cooperative framework in which cities and other participating institutions can share practices, models, and experiences through exchange visits
  • To promote the development of a strategy for the implementation of innovative treatment alternatives to incarceration among participants
  • To help establish treatment alternatives to incarceration, depending on the situation and readiness of the participants
EU-LAC Drug Treatment City Partnerships is an initiative funded by the European Commission, and coordinated by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of the American States (OAS). The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the position of the EU or the OAS.

updated on 3/7/2011 12:38:06 PM