Twelve persons, 11 males and one female, are now being monitored by Barbados’ Drug Treatment Court, after it held its first session on January 14, at the Supreme Court of Barbados.
The Barbados Drug Treatment Court is a Magistrates’ Court, and persons charged with non-violent related offences, whose drug addiction or dependency is a factor in the commission of their crimes, are eligible to participate in the programme.
The case of each participant was reviewed during a pre-court meeting by a team comprising officials from the Probation Department, the Forensic Science Centre, the treatment providers, the police prosecutor and defence attorneys, and Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles, who is presiding over the court. During that meeting, recommendations on how each individual participant should be treated were also discussed.
Barbados NationNews, January 16, 2015
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