Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Problem solving courts

This week the government  announced plans to deliver our new Problem-Solving Courts, combatting drug and alcohol-fuelled crime and making our streets safer.

  • More people die annually as a result of drug misuse than from all knife crime and road traffic accidents combined, ruining lives and costing society £22 billion every year.
  • That is why the government is delivering on the commitment to introduce Problem-solving Courts through an £8.25 million pilot trialling a tougher approach to community sentences for low-level criminals in Liverpool, Teesside and Birmingham as part of our £900 million Drug Strategy.
  • Getting criminal offenders sustainably off drugs is the gateway to getting them into work and a law-abiding future – rebuilding lives, cutting the cost to the taxpayer, and making our streets safer. 
Deputy Prime Minister, Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, Dominic Raab MP said:

"Getting criminal offenders sustainably off drugs is the gateway to getting them into work and a law-abiding future.

Only once offenders are drug-free can they grasp the opportunities of skills training and employment and turn their backs on crime for good.

So these innovative courts will help us grasp the nettle of drug addiction, and make our streets safer."

2 comments:

Jim said...

why not take a stand more like Portugal? It seems to have worked there.

Chris Whiteside said...

A quick search found links to lots of sites arguing that decriminalisation in Portugal has worked and lots of others arguing that it has not.

I shall have to read up on it.