Therapeutic justice must be state policy

The Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, assured that therapeutic justice should be a State policy as priority of addiction treatment services with a humanistic vision that successfully treats people with dignity deprived of their liberty.

When participating in the round table with states for the implementation and consolidation of the Therapeutic Justice Program, organized by the Justice System Support Unit, headed by Paulina Téllez Martínez, the Minister of the Interior explained that This comprehensive model « aims to specifically affect offenders with problematic use of psychotropic substances, which translates into a novel way of doing things in a close, humanized and sensitive way « .

He stressed that for the federal government justice is not applied through a punitive vision but from a humanistic perspective that gives an opening for social reintegration to successfully meet the procedural standards of behavioral disciplines such as the dignified treatment of people who are deprived of their liberty.

For his part, the general director of the International Office of Anti-Narcotics Affairs and Procurement of Justice (INL) Mexico, Alberto Rodríguez, expressed the support of the US Embassy to strengthen and expand the use of addiction treatment courts.

He recognized the Secretary of the Interior for leadership in this matter, since These initiatives represent bilateral cooperation with the Government of Mexico to jointly strengthen the justice system and contribute to the safety of all citizens.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American States (OAS), Adam Namm, expressed his willingness to collaborate through the technical assistance in the implementation of alternative programs for people who are deprived of their liberty.

He recalled that the bases of the therapeutic justice program were signed with the federal government in August last year.

During 2020, as head of internal policy, the Ministry of the Interior, through the Support Unit for the Justice System, works on the design of action routes for the therapeutic justice program. In such a way that in coordination with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission and the International Office for Anti-Narcotics and Justice Procurement, technical assistance is provided to the states.

Thus, he added that the government of Mexico seeks to offer restorative justice mechanisms, in order to guarantee and safeguard the human rights of the most vulnerable, to reestablish the peace that Mexican society demands.

The magistrates of the Superior Courts of Justice Chihuahua, Durango, State of Mexico, Morelos, Nuevo León, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Mexico City, Coahuila, Colima, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Puebla, Querétaro, participated in the event. Quintana Roo, Sonora, Tabasco and Yucatán.