Criminal Justice Alcohol Service (CJAS)
The Criminal Justice Alcohol Service (CJAS) is a partnership between the Probation Service and the Guernsey Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, which is funded by the Bailiwick of Guernsey Drug and Alcohol Strategy.
CJAS is targeted at those who are considered to have a disproportionately disruptive effect on the community.
An offender may engage in work with CJAS as part of any of the following:
- A Probation Order;
- A Youth Detention Supervision Order;
- An Adult Custody Supervision Order;
- Extended licence;
- Suspended Sentence Supervision Order.
How does the process work?
- A referral to the CJAS is only made where the Court/Probation Officer is satisfied that the client is dependent on, or has the propensity to misuse, alcohol and that the individual is susceptible to treatment;
- The current offence needs to have a significant victim;
- The referral can also be made by the Prison Governor or the Parole Review Committee.
- These are conducted by the Criminal Justice Alcohol Worker, who also discusses the client's suitability with the referring Probation Officer;
- The client must agree to include CJAS as part of their supervision. Their motivation is fundamental to the success of the treatment and must be carefully assessed.
It can be Court Mandated Treatment
- Any of the above orders can include a condition stating that the defendant, "Shall attend the Criminal Justice Alcohol Service as directed, and comply with alcohol testing and treatment as required."
- Clients are given a CJAS workbook containing information about alcohol and worksheets about their thoughts/feelings/alcohol use;
- Elements of the client's drinking that are problematic are identified;
- An active recovery plan is devised laying out the client's commitment to contact with support groups, therapeutic activities, the identified life problems that require attention and personal characteristics and thinking styles that the client needs to work on daily.
Non-Compliance/Breaching the Order
- A breach occurs when a client has missed appointments, failed breath tests or refused to provide breath tests (clients are tested at each visit);
- A procedure for missed appointment letters, warnings and formal warnings operates after which the client is breached and taken back to Court;
- The order can be revoked and the offender re-sentenced for the original offence. This can result in a fine, prison or youth detention sentence.
Completion of the Order
- If a client wishes to continue working with an alcohol worker or is deemed unsuitable for the CJAS they can be referred to the Guernsey Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (GADAC) as a voluntary client.
The Probation ServiceThe Market buildings , Fountain Street, St Peter Port, GY1 1BX, Guernsey
Tel: +44 1481 724337 Fax: +44 1481 710545