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Chief Justice congratulates Drug Treatment Court graduates



Court Management Services | 2016-04-14 00:00:00

Fifteen participants enrolled in the Drug Treatment Court Programme in the Parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Thomas and St. James, successfully completed the programme and were recognized in a graduation ceremony held recently at the Cardiff Hotel in Runaway Bay. The graduation exercise was held under the theme “Recovery is not an event, but a journey”.

The Drug Treatment Court (DTC) is designed to provide judicial supervision to drug dependent offenders who have consented to participate in the programme. Participants benefit from treatment for drug addiction and/or dependency and regular monitoring by the court. The programme is designed to provide rehabilitation of drug dependent offenders as an alternative to incarceration. The programme requires the offender to abstain from drugs and this is monitored by frequent drug testing. Participants are required to be drug free for a period of at least nine months before they can graduate.

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla OJ, in her remarks, encouraged the graduates to “be strong and resist the temptation to return to substance abuse. Remain drug free and do not let your supporters down”. She went on to emphasise that everyone benefits when citizens turn from a life of crime and become productive members of society.
Additionally, the Chief Justice expressed gratitude to the many partners who have worked to make the programme a success; they include USAID/ COMET II and the Organization of American States (OAS). Mission Director for USAID/ COMET II, Denise Herbol, commended Jamaica for being one of the first Countries to accept this model for drug treatment.

At present, the courts operate in the Parishes previously named and Chief Justice McCalla announced that there are plans to establish a Drug Treatment court in Manchester shortly, as well as in other parishes. She also announced that a special Children’s Drug Treatment Programme has already been established at the Kingston and St. Andrew Family Court to assist children who are dependent on drugs.




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