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[Oireachtas] 464. Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will develop the drugs court as an alternative to prison. [15056/11]. (15 Jun 2011)

URL: http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/06/15/00324...


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Drug treatment courts can make an important contribution as a restorative justice measure but international studies also indicate that they need to evolve and develop on an ongoing basis. My Department carried out a review of the Dublin Drug Treatment Court which was published in May 2010 and identified particular issues to be addressed in terms of the court’s management and operation. As a result of that review an Advisory Committee was established which has met regularly to progress matters and to monitor the implementation of the recommendations in the Report with the aim of improving the programme’s throughput and effectiveness.

The aim is to develop the potential of the Drug Treatment Court but to do so in line with the international experience by continually reviewing the effectiveness of the programme to ensure that it is meeting its objectives and, if it is doing so, to continue to expand the use of the Drug Treatment Court as an alternative to prison. A further review of the Drug Treatment Court is to be conducted in 2012.
 
15 June 2011
Vol. 735 No. 2
Written Answers – Drug Courts
Item Type:Dail Debates
Source:Oireachtas
Date:15 June 2011
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Court system > Drug court
MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminal penalty

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