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Drug Court pilot programme extended

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/06/2017

The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court pilot programme is being extended for a further three years.

The special courts identify offenders whose dependency on alcohol and other drugs is behind a pattern of offending, and diverts them from prison into supervised treatment.

They've been operating in Waitakere and Auckland district courts since November 2012.

Justice Minister Amy Adams says early signs are promising, and indications are the courts are reducing the likelihood of reoffending by about 15 per cent.

But the sample size was small and Ms Adams wants to know whether reductions in reoffending are sustainable.

"It is necessary to extend the pilot for a further three years," she said.

"This will enable us to determine whether the court is the best way to achieve a long-lasting reduction in the harm associated with alcohol and drug abuse before we look at permanently establishing the model."

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