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Resource Material Series No. 64

NCJ Number
Simon Cornell
Date Published
October 2004
169 pages
This volume contains the papers presented at UNAFEI's (United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders) 124th International Training Course (April 21-June 12, 2003), whose theme was, "The Effective Prevention and Enhancement of Treatment for Drug Abusers in the Criminal Justice Process."
Eight papers were presented by visiting experts. Two papers presented by a representative from the United Kingdom provide overviews of the strategies for drug interventions and treatment for drug abusers processed by the criminal justice system. Attention is given to drug interventions at the points of arrest and sentencing. A third paper discusses the policy and administrative framework for international cooperation in addressing drug-demand reduction, followed by a paper that examines the effectiveness of drug treatment and rehabilitation provided within criminal justice systems. One section of this paper discusses the international impact of drug courts. A paper presented by the Canadian representative focuses on the role of Correctional Service Canada in ensuring that drug-abusing offenders under its jurisdiction receive effective diagnostic and treatment services. Other papers by experts discuss principles of good design and assessment for substance abuse programs; current substance abuse interventions, research, and emerging developments; and the development of community-based correctional programs for drug addicts in Thailand under the country's 2002 Rehabilitation Act. Three papers by conference participants address trends in drug abuse and drug trafficking in three countries: Malaysia, South Africa, and Thailand. Also discussed in these papers are the strategies developed by each of these countries to address the drug problem. Reports from two training-course groups pertain to the effective prevention of drug abuse and the enhancement of treatment for drug abusers in the presentencing and postsentencing stages of criminal justice processing. Tables, figures, and references accompany the papers.