November 01, 2012
Auckland trials drug treatment in courts
The Māori Party says the launch of alcohol and drug treatment courts may require significant investment by the government in Maori-focused treatment services.
The two courts that opened in Auckland this morning will initiate and supervise a treatment programme for offenders, taking their successful completion into account when sentencing.
Party co-leader and Whānau Ora Minister Tariana Turia says the courts will apply the principles of restorative justice and address some of the underlying causes of offending.
She says whānau should have the opportunity to support the offender to overcome an addiction.
Mrs Turia says because of the number of Maori prisoners, it is essential culturally competent therapeutic services are available for Maori.
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