During Concurrence, I had the oppotunity to ask the Minister of Justice about the performance of the drug treatment courts. My question and the Minister's response (from Hansard) is below:
Mr. Gerrard: Can the minister provide an update on the performance on the drug treatment courts?
Mrs. Stefanson: Well, I want to thank the member for that question.
And I certainly, I don't have all of the information in front of me right now, but I can say that they do play a significant role, drug and mental health courts, in our system. We know, and the member opposite knows, that mental health and addictions issues are paramount when it comes to our criminal justice system and our modernization strategy in moving forward in looking at ways to find better ways of, rather than incarcerating people, but finding them the help that they need. And so, certainly, those drug courts help out in that fashion, and we will continue to work with stakeholders towards utilizing those tools that we have out there to, I think, find better ways than incarcerating people and getting them the help that they need.