The federal government is hailing the opening of a 3rd Alcohol and Drug Court docket as a method to enhance offenders’ lives.
Courts Minister Aupito William Sio has this morning introduced a brand new Waikato Alcohol and Different Drug Remedy Court docket, along with two Auckland ones, central and Waitākere.
Sio mentioned the courts are for folks whose offending and substance abuse are intertwined – and to interrupt that cycle.
He mentioned that the courts nonetheless impose sentences however supply remedy, monitoring, drug testing and mentoring.
“New Zealanders have advised us they need a justice system that treats folks with dignity and permits wellbeing,” Sio mentioned.
He mentioned the brand new courtroom’s intention is to deal with the explanations behind the abuse of alcohol and different medication and offending.
“Inside two years of graduating from the courtroom, members have been much less more likely to offend, much less more likely to be in jail, and fewer more likely to be concerned in police. And the place there was subsequent offending, [it was] actually for much less critical offences. That is robust proof for this courtroom.”
It will likely be on the Hamilton District Court docket.