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Drug addiction intervention programme in police courts in Madrid and Asturias

Quality level: 1

Summary

A criminal justice drug intervention programme geared to aid offenders by providing legal guidance and counsel which is designed to further the socialization and normalization of the drug offending community.

Type of intervention:
interventions in the criminal justice system
Sub-area:
assistance to drug users in prison,alternatives to prison
Setting:
prison
Type of approach:
offenders
Target group:
general population, family/parents, adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
15000
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
impact evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Spain
Start date:
01/07/2003
End date:
31/12/2004

Overall objective

The general objective of a drug addiction intervention programme in a judicial-penitentiary context can be none other than the re-socialization of the drug addict population with legal problems.Intervention in this area is intended to help drug abusers who commit offences to live healthy and socially normalized lives, by facilitating their active participation in society. This calls for the implementation of social, health, psychotherapeutic and similar strategies. Geared to aiding individuals on the one hand and providing legal guidance and counsel on the other, action is designed to further the socialization and normalization of the drug offending community within the framework of our body of law.

Abstract

This programme aims to contribute to solve the problems posed in cases of drug users who commit offences as a result and in the context of such use, balancing the requirements of the legislation on the one hand and the needs involved in the social reintegration of this community on the other, which include: - The existence of a multidisciplinary team to provide drug addicts legal assistance in judicial-penitentiary proceedings. - Review of the penal process, analyzing the possibilities and limits established by the legislation on drug addicts with criminal problems. - Provision of expert technical support to courts and tribunals in the form of expert evaluations. - Support for drug users' families. - Counsel for professionals providing care for drug addicts. - Technical psycho-social support for penitentiary surveillance courts when adopting measures (parole, leaves, progression in confinement levels and so on) to ensure readier social mainstreaming of drug addict convicts. INTERVENTION DESIGN Expert reports are useful in judicial proceedings to analyze the influence of drug use/abuse in drug addicts' criminal conduct. 1. Magistrates' courts. The Service's chief objective in this phase is to certify the subject's addiction (as appropriate), to submit it as evidence during the trial. If a circumstance liable of modifying penal liability is found, some of the security measures proposed in the Penal Code may be applied either to the sentence or its execution. The report submitted by the SIAD Service is annexed to the records of the magistrate's court proceedings, which are in turn referred to the criminal courts for judgement. 1.1. Fast-track proceedings. The experts: - Present an oral or written report to the police court, involving the following: - Interview with the subject in the prison cell, coordination with treatment centres, urine analyses. - Ratification of the report in the courtroom during the hearing. 1.2.Procedural formalities court. Professionals provide

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