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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 87 - Drugs courts [28334/10]. (30 Jun 2010)

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87. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform his plans for the future of the drugs court; his assessment of the performance of the court to date; if the catchment area for participation on the court’s programme can be extended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 

Minister for Justice and Law Reform (Deputy Dermot Ahern): I recently published a Review of the Drug Treatment Court which, amongst other key issues, specifically addressed the questions raised by the Deputy. The findings of the Review suggest that participants who engage with the Drug Treatment Court programme have reduced rates of recidivism and improved health, education and social skills which impact positively on the participants and the community. However the Review did concur with my own view that the very low throughput of participants is an issue. I am pleased therefore, that the Report identified a number of recommendations designed to improve the programme’s throughput and effectiveness. The Report, which is available on my  Department’s website, also includes a recommendation that “Existing catchment area boundaries should be removed on a phased basis”. Based on the findings of the Review it is intended that the Drug Treatment Court will continue its operations for a further two years.
Vol. 714 No. 1 
Written Answers. – Drugs Courts
30 June 2010
Item Type
Dail Debates
Publication Type
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
Crime prevention
30 June 2010

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