Port-of-Spain, September 11 — The Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the OAS signed a cooperation agreement and launched a pilot DTC, the first one of the CICAD-sponsored program.
BARBADOS - June 19-20, 2012. At the request of the Attorney General of Barbados, the OAS (through ES-CICAD) and the National Council on Substance Abuse or Barbados (NADS) carried out a workshop to discuss the feasibility of the Drug Treatment Court model in Barbados. Experts from countries where this model is already working (Canada, the US, and Jamaica) attended this workshop. Read more:
CICAD and American University
agree to continue collaborating on the Drug Treatment Courts (DTC) model.
A new publication that sums up DTC experience in the Americas is in preparation.
NASHVILLE During the NADCP Conference (with more than 4,000 participants), the OAS brought together experts from eight member states to work on the development of Drug Treatment Courts as a treatment alternative to incarceration for drug dependent offenders.
Eight OAS Member States Reaffirm Commitment to Drug Court Treatment Model
Eighty professionals from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico and Panama attended U.S. conference for practical training on setting up and managing drug treatment courts (DTCs).
OAS Trains Judges and Prosecutors in the Caribbean on Alternatives to Incarceration
Forty judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers and other professions from the Caribbean where trained in February in Canada.This activity was carried out with support from the Government of Canada.
CICAD Conducts Workshop on the Evaluation of Drug Treatment Courts
Researchers and professionals in the Justice and Health fields working within the Drug Treatment Courts (DTC) model gathered from all over the Americas to evaluate DTCs.
Treating Substance Abuse as an Alternative to Incarceration
Societies across the Americas are affected by the impact that drug abuse bears on families, the workplace and even public security.
Treatment alternatives to incarceration for drug-dependent offenders involve diverting substance-abusing offenders from prison and jail into treatment and rehabilitation under judicial supervision. By increasing direct supervision of offenders, coordinating public resources, and expediting case processing, treatment alternatives to incarceration can help break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and drug use, and imprisonment. In various countries Drug Treatment Courts have proven to effectively reduce: (1) crime; (2) relapse into drug use; (3) the prison population; they are also cost-effective.
Drug dependency is a chronic, relapsing disease that must be dealt with as a core element of public health policy (see the new Drug Hemispheric Strategy of 2010). The OAS, through the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security has been working to promote drug treatment courts and similar court-supervised treatment alternatives to incarceration in the Americas.
Through a three year program, the OAS is supporting countries interested in promoting and/or consolidating this modality in the Hemisphere.
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