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Programme of Legal and Social Care and Services for Minor and Adult Drug Addicts (PAJS)

Quality level: 1

Summary

Based in Galicia, the programme provides comprehensive care and attention for drug addicts with legal problems, it optimizes co-ordination among the different institutions and agents involved and advises magistrates, judges and prosecutors about the personal, family and social backgrounds of the clients.

Type of intervention:
interventions in the criminal justice system
Sub-area:
assistance to drug users in prison,alternatives to prison
Setting:
community, prison
Type of approach:
offenders
Target group:
family/parents, adults, children/young people
Age group:
14-18
Annual coverage:
1198
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Spain
Start date:
01/01/2003
End date:
31/12/2003

Overall objective

Provide comprehensive support for drug addicts with legal problems, optimising co-ordination among the persons and institutions involved, in an attempt to contribute to the social mainstreaming of this community.

Abstract

Drug addiction is an enormously complex problem involving health, social and legal issues, among others. Only global and co-ordinated attention to all these issues and comprehensive treatment of the overall problems faced by drug addicts yield satisfactory results. There is a relationship between drug use and delinquency. Many drug addicts are involved in legal proceedings, often related to the commission of offences that entail confinement. This makes it necessary to address the issue of drug addiction and its relationship with delinquency to contribute to a greater awareness of the problem and pose possible alternatives that would contribute to the social mainstreaming of drug addicts. Co-operation and co-ordination among the different people and authorities involved are requisite to attaining comprehensive care and attention for drug addicts with associated legal problems, in order to prevent their legal problems from interfering with or hindering the continuity and due progress of their treatment. This reality gave rise to the legal-social programme for minor and adult drug addicts under the social mainstreaming area of the Galicia Drug Plan. The programme pursues the following general objectives: -provide comprehensive care and attention for drug addicts with legal problems. - optimize co-ordination among the different institutions and agents involved. - advise and counsel magistrates, judges and prosecutors about drug addicts' personal, family and social backgrounds. The programme is implemented by 8 services, managed by 7 NGOs and one town council: - Asociación Lucense de Información y Ayuda al Drogodependiente (ALIAD). - Asociación Orensana de ayuda al toxicómano (ATOX). - Asociación Vieiro, at Carballo. - Asociación Erguete, at Vigo. - Asociación Renacer, at Ribeira. - Asociación Antonio Noche, at La Coruña. - Asociación Rexurdir Provincial, at Pontevedra. - Unidad Asistencial de Drogodependencias, de Santiago (Drug Addict Assistance Unit, Santiago Town Council). User population: A) Minor and adult drug addicts with outstanding penal or administrative proceedings who wish to join treatment programmes, who have interrupted and wish to resume treatment or who are already in treatment, as well as those who are currently abstinent (an estimated 1,000-1,500 users per year). B) Persons affected by such problems (family, friends...) who may have special impact on the decision to quit drug use (there are an estimated 1,800 potential partners). In the years to come, both the number of programme admissions and the volume of counselling on legal problems associated with drug use are expected to increase significantly, in light of the latest legal reforms. Activities: - counsel for judges and prosecutors, on request. - location and revision of proceedings and dossiers. - identification and co-operation with designated duty solicitors. - provision and/or formulation of reports and evidence. - legal counsel for trials (in some cases). - co-ordination with care units and penitentiary staff. - counsel for users and their families. - reference to duly authorized treatment centres. - evaluation subsystem management.

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