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Costa Rica Launches Drug Treatment Court Pilot Projects with OAS Support

  February 7, 2013

The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) will support the government of Costa Rica in the establishment of two pilot drug treatment courts under judicial supervision that will be presented tomorrow, February 8, in San Jose.

The Vice-Minister of the Presidency for Security Affairs and CICAD chair, Mauricio Boraschi, and the President of the Supreme Court, Justice Luis Paulino Mora Mora, will sign an agreement that commits multiple agencies across the government to collaborating in this program. The ceremony will cap off a two-day training session for the team of professionals that will be handling DTC cases, including judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and treatment providers, among others. The courts will open in two locations, downtown San Jose and the suburb of Pavas.

A Drug Treatment Court (DTC) is an innovative approach to dealing with non-violent criminal offenses related to drug addiction, placing offenders in treatment under court supervision, instead of sending them to jail. The initiative has the goal of reducing the risk of drug abuse relapse and crime. The program also aims to lower the prison population, as well as the associated expenditure.

Costa Rica is the second country to launch a DTC pilot project under the OAS’s Drug Treatment Courts in the Americas program. This program is supported by the OAS through the CICAD’s Executive Secretariat and has the financial support of the government of Canada.

WHAT: Costa Rica Launches Drug Treatment Court Pilot Projects with OAS Support

WHEN: February 8, 2013, 14:30 local time (20:30 GMT)

WHERE: Multi-Use Room, 3rd Floor, Supreme Court Building (Salon Multiusos del Edificio de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, 3er Piso), San José, Costa Rica

Reference: AVI-023/13