The drug courts on trial

first_imgRadio NZ News 21 October 2018Family First Comment:  A very good concept – where the law and the health components serve each other and act together to bring about the best  The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court was started by Judge Ema Aitken, based in central Auckland, and Judge Lisa Tremewan in Waitākere.Up to 100 people can be in the programme at any one time, 50 at each site.There is no defended hearing for the offender. To get in, they have to plead guilty to their crime and show their offending is driven by alcohol or drug dependency.They also must be facing a sentence of three years or less, and it cannot be one that involves serious violence, sexual offending or arson.And importantly, they have to convince the court they are ready to make a permanent change to their lives.But the sentence they would be serving is always hanging over them – if they consistently relapse, fail to meet their rehab commitments or reoffend, it is back inside.READ MORE: read more

Child found wondering alone in Miramar neighborhood

first_imgAuthorities in Miramar are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the parents of a 2 or 3-year-old boy who was found wandering alone in a neighborhood.According to reports, the child was located near Southwest 68th Avenue and 18th Street on Sunday morning.A witness saw the boy wandering the streets, picked him up and called the police.Miramar Police along with Pembroke Pines Police went door-to-door in an effort to identify the child, his parents, or anyone who recognizes the child, however, they did not have any luck.As of Monday evening, the child remains in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.Officials say they have yet to identify the child nor has anyone come forward to claim him, however , they are now going through several tips they have received after posting the child’s photo. Authorities are urging anyone who recognizes the child or has any information on his parents to contact them at 954-602-4000.last_img read more