A federal court program to divert drug addicts away from prison and into treatment is still not reaching the people it was supposed to help: aboriginals, women and youth.
A new evaluation says the program is largely helping white males over the age of 30, the same skewed population a previous assessment warned about six years ago.
Drug treatment courts “continue to experience difficulties … attracting women, aboriginal people, other visible minorities and youth into the program, and retaining them once they have entered it,” says a recently released report.
“Caucasians, men, and individuals over 30 still represent the majority of … participants.”
The finding is part of an otherwise positive report on the Drug Treatment Court Funding Program, under which Justice Canada spends $3.6 million annually for a diversionary system to stop the “revolving door” of addiction and crime.
CBC News, December 23, 2015
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