Specialist Court to help offenders deal with addictions

Specialist Court to help offenders deal with addictions


A new, specialised court
is being piloted by the Ministry of Justice. The court will deal with
alcohol and drug addicts. A new option for offenders
addicted to drugs and alcohol. The purpose of the court is to stop those kinds of things from happening,
and for someone new to emerge. Hemi Taumaunu
is the stand-in judge for the new Alcohol
and Drug Treatment Court. The Ministry of Justice says
it’s aim is to revitalise. The court will site one day
a week in both Auckland and Waitakere District Courts. There is a lot of information
and literature out there about these types of courts, so these kinds of initiatives
are already in place. Around 51% of offences are committed
by people using alcohol or drugs. These kinds of adverse
influences only give way to other negative affects,
such as violence. The court has adopted
American examples to deal with defendants. Americans working in prisons
have also visited NZ to study our systems. But this is a different country
with different races. This isn’t just wishful thinking. These examples have been
brought over from overseas, so we expect that this court
will be successful. The first court will be held
next week in Waitakere. Irena Smith, Te Karere.

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