As a young man in my early twenties I was privileged to visit the site of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany. It is about an hour’s bus journey north of Berlin. In that place there was an icy cold atmosphere and an eerie silence, almost as if the very buildings were determined to remind […]
Author: Paul Delaney
Paul Delaney is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor specialising in the area of addiction treatment. For over thirty years he has supported people who have problematic drug and alcohol issues to make positive change in their lives. He writes on topics such as homelessness, criminality and restorative justice, and has a keen interest in politics and social justice issues. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and Chairperson of the Training Committee of the European Forum for Restorative Justice.
We must consider alternatives to criminalisation and incarceration of people who use drugs, and focus criminal justice efforts on those involved in supply. We should increase the focus on public health, prevention, treatment and care, as well as on economic, social and cultural strategies. –Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General, on World Day Against Drugs, 26 […]