Barbados agrees to pilot drug treatment court

Barbados agrees to pilot drug treatment court

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Barbados has signed a pact with a regional group agreeing to launch a pilot drug treatment court that would use alternative sentencing to treat addicted offenders.

The Organisation of American States (OAS) says Barbados signed the agreement yesterday. In coming months, the pilot programme will try to evaluate supervised treatment alternatives to prison time for some offenders with drug addictions.

The alternatives involve treatment and rehabilitation programmes that are supervised by a judge, who has the power to reward progress and punish relapses.

The OAS has been trying to help member nations find better ways to rehabilitate drug-addicted offenders while relieving pressure on their backlogged court and jail systems.

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