Call for support of drug court
SAYING THERE IS NO NEED for additional costs and manpower, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite has made an impassioned plea for all to come on board as Barbados seeks to establish a Drug Treatment Court in “the next couple of months”.
Brathwaite’s urgency about establishing the special court is based on his belief that it will help save the lives of young Barbadians who have become drug-dependent offenders.
“Presently, depending on whose research you look at, the rate [of returning to prison] is between 50 and 60 per cent, which creates, to me, a significant challenge that we [need to] arrest [which] is causing more of our young men and women to return to prison,” said Brathwaite.
He made the comments at the opening ceremony of a sensitization workshop on the Drug Treatment Court. (JS)
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PICTURED FROM LEFT, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Organization of American States (OAS) representative Francis McBarnette, Justice Kofi Barnes of the Ontario Court of Justice and Canada’s High Commissioner to Barbados Ruth Archibald at the workshop yesterday.