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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Pre-sentence opportunity program (POP)

 

Overview

The Pre-sentence opportunity program (POP) is an early intervention program to assist people who have drug use problems and are attending court. The program is run by the Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia (WA), and funded as part of the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) Illicit drug diversion initiative.

Early or low-level offenders who plead guilty to an offence, and who would normally receive a fine or community-based order, are suitable for the program. Anybody who has reason to address the court about the offender's case can request the offender be referred to POP. However, referral to the program is at the magistrate's discretion.

If referred to the program, the offender's case will be remanded for approximately eight weeks so they can access treatment for their drug use. A Diversion Officer will coordinate the treatment process. Following treatment, the offender returns to court for sentencing.

The program is extending to magistrates courts in Fremantle, Joondalup, Midland, Armadale, Mandurah and Rockingham.

Abstract adapted from the Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia

Contacts

Alcohol and drug information service (ADIS)
PO Box 126
Mt Lawley WA 6929
Ph: (08) 9442 5000
Toll free: 1800 198 024 (country)
Fax: (08) 9442 5020
Email: adis@health.wa.gov.au

Related publications

Pre-sentence opportunity program (POP) (2009)

Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

The Pre-sentence opportunity program (POP) is an early intervention program, run in Western Australia (WA), to assist people who have alcohol and other drug use problems and are attending court. A brochure and a poster containing information on POP, including getting a referral to participate in the program, can be accessed from the program information page below.

The resources, which include versions designed for an Aboriginal audience, were produced by the Drug and Alcohol Office of WA.

Abstract adapted from the Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia

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Last updated: 21 March 2014
 
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