Officials are participating in a workshop on the Implementation of Drug Treatment Courts as an alternative to incarceration for Drug Dependent Offenders.
Director of Public Prosecutions of Antigua and Barbuda, Anthony Armstrong, in his brief remarks, stressed on the importance of pooling all resources together to ensure that the transition is a success.
Armstrong explained that the Drug Treatment Court will be the first of its kind to be established in the Eastern Caribbean. He added the court will assist in treating drug addicts and the sound development of strategies.
He thanked the Attorney General, the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin and the Ministry of Legal Affair for pledging their full support for the establishment of the unique court which will prove beneficial for the judicial system in Antigua and Barbuda.
Coordinator, Health and Human and Social Development Directorate CARICOM, Beverly Reynolds indicated that the initiative is being implemented under the 10th EDF CARIFORUM Crime and Security Cooperation Program- Support for Drug Demand Reduction Project aimed at strengthening institutional responses while broadening the capabilities of practitioners and professionals engaged in the field of drug demand reduction.
She added that the program would provide structured, consistent, monitored and supported interventions to offenders whose petty crimes are associated with or driven by drug addiction, it would also provide and ethical response to the illness condition.
The working sessions officially begin on Thursday 11th October.