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OAS Drug Treatment Court in the Caribbean in action
Trinidad and Tobago will open its first Drug Treatment Court Pilot Project in San Fernando in 2012
OAS/SSM - Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.


Trinidad and Tobago Police Service members patrol the streets of Port of Spain.

CHIEF JUSTICE IVOR ARCHIE announced the opening of the first drug treatment court in Trinidad and Tobago during the opening ceremony of the training workshop that takes place this week in its capital, Port-of-Spain.  This workshop, Implementing Drug Treatment Courts as an alternative to Incarceration for Drug Dependent Offenders, is being carried out under the leadership of the Ministry of National Security (through the National Drug Council), the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago. It is being coordinated by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), with part funding from the Government of Canada.

According to John Sandy, Minister of National Security, Trinidad and Tobago needs to find different and innovative alternatives to improve citizen security in the country. The opening ceremony included remarks by Karen McDonald, the High Commissioner of Canada and Justice Kofi Barnes, Ontario Court Judge and Chairman of the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Courts. Riyad Insanally, the OAS Country Representative, gave the assurance that this initiative would receive the full support of the OAS through its Drug Treatment Court Program for the Americas. 

More than 70 judges, prosecutors, treatment providers, defense counsel, probation and police officers, from Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas attended the workshop. The training was provided by a multidisciplinary team from Canada led by Justice Barnes, in cooperation with trainers from Jamaica (judges from Montego Bay and Kingston), and the United States, where drug treatment courts are already implemented. Chief Justice Zaila McCalla of Jamaica, who also attended the workshop, joined efforts with Chief Justice Archie to promote a comprehensive Caribbean approach to drug treatment courts in cooperation with CICAD.

What distinguishes drug courts is their uniquely collaborative approach to treatment: upon voluntary entry into court-supervised programs, appropriate non-violent addicted offenders become part of a dramatic intervention process. This process involves coordination between defense attorneys, prosecutors, treatment and education providers and law enforcement officials.

Results from these treatment programs have been overwhelmingly positive. Drug treatment courts have proven in other countries in the hemisphere to reduce crime and with it, the recidivism rate, the prison population and drug dependency. Based on the accomplishments of drug court treatment, these courts are being opened, with help from the OAS, throughout several countries of the Western Hemisphere.
For more information about this initiative, contact alomba@oas.org


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