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Jamaica among Caribbean judicial and health officials on visit to US

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Judicial and health officials from four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are on a weeklong visit to the United States aimed at exploring problem-solving courts and alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offences.

The meetings, which end on June 15, will provide the government ministers and judicial officials from Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, with the opportunity to experience innovative models first hand and to ask questions of those directly involved in programmes' implementation and operation.

The initiative is a result of a commitment made by the executive secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (ES/CICAD) and Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS). The commitment embodies the goal of providing technical assistance to OAS member states in the implementation of alternatives to incarceration programmes.

ES/CICAD is currently supporting the development and/or implementation of various problem-solving court models including, but not limited to, drug treatment courts for adults and juveniles, diversion programmes, re-entry courts as well as community courts.
ES/CICAD has also partnered with the Chicago based Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) and the New York City based Centre for Court Innovation (CCI) in organising the visit.

Both organisations are recognised in the field for their commitment to design, implementation and promotion of alternatives to incarceration. Additionally, they play a critical role in monitoring and evaluating alternatives under rigorous scientific scrutiny.
The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission is the western hemisphere's policy forum for dealing with existing drug problems.


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