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OAS Promotes Drug Treatment Courts in the Americas
SMS, OAS - July 19, 2011

The OAS is developing a series of strategic alliances with countries in the region by promoting the project Drug Treatment Courts (“DTC”) in the Americas, an initiative that is already being set in motion in five countries in the hemisphere, and that could soon be implemented in seven more.

“The OAS sees this initiative as a way to prevent crime, treat individual offenders who are dependent on drugs, and improve citizen security”, said Adam Blackwell, the Secretary for Multidimensional Security at the OAS, during a meeting within the heart of the Annual Conference for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) which recently occurred in the National Harbor Hotel in Maryland. On this occasion, Secretary Blackwell took the opportunity to meet with Mr. Ivor Archie, and Ms. Zaila McCalla, Presidents of the Justice Courts of Trinidad and Tobado and Jamaica respectively, who on their part, declared that this initiative can count of the full support of both countries.

The Drug Treatment Courts initiative was presented to the OAS Member States during the 48th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), in December 2010. Countries such as Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Bahamas, and Suriname expressed interest in initiating pilot projects on this experience.  With this initiative, Jamaica would like to consolidate its two DTCs and create two new courts in this discipline.

To promote this initiative, the OAS has the support and experience of countries that already have this working model, including: The United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Jamaica.

Specialists from various countries in the region participate in the NADCP Annual Conference with the aim of providing professionals in this discipline the necessary tools to operate these courts. This model enables, along with the trial judge, multidisciplinary teams to be formed (including but not limited to professionals in the area of justice and health) from which the treatment of drug dependent offenders can be overseen.

In practice, judges supervise the recovery of the individual and at all times retain the power to reward progress or &ndash on the contrary– to use corrective measures for failure to comply with the program in which the individual voluntarily participates.

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Alertamerica
Alertamerica.org: Report on Citizen Security 2011
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Documentos Claves de la OEA sobre Seguridad. Volumen II
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Pública en las Américas: Retos y Oportunidades
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