SPRING (Alternative measures & Treatment programs for drug addicts)

Spring: European Commission Program “Criminal Justice” 2007-2013

SPRING project has been outlined addressing the serious issue of drugs-related crimes prevention, referring also to the objectives of “Prevention of and Fight against Crime”. As stated in the programme, the project managed throughout its lifecycle to identify, develop and promote innovative prevention methods and tools applied to reduce drugs-related crimes by identifying best practices of therapies addressed to IDUs and youngest adults drug law offenders among the participating countries (Italy, Bulgaria and Cyprus).

The project is has been in direct line with the following objectives of the “Prevention of and Fight against Crime” Programme: stimulate, promote and develop horizontal methods and tools necessary for strategically preventing and fighting crime and guaranteeing security and public order.

In particular, according to the call for proposal priorities, SPRING promoted “Prevention of crime, including urban, juvenile and drugs-related crime”, being its target group sector operators (public and private) and youngest adults IDUs and drug offenders. In order to prevent new drugs-related crimes and therefore reduce the number of new drug users, SPRING has in addition addressed a campaign towards youngest adults in urban contexts, who could become potential drug offenders.

In line with the Programme objective and call priority SPRING stimulated the transfer of best practices in order to support policy makers decisions and promoted a major understanding among sector operators on the EU policies tackled by SPRING.

Given the urgency of reducing drug-related offences, also recognized at European level, the SPRING project also intended to help prevent them, in order to ensure public safety and order, while reducing social costs.

More specifically, SPRING’s actions have contributed to the following:

  1. Combating the recidivism of offences committed by drug addicts in urban and youth settings.
  2. Reducing the number of potentially dangerous drug addicts and consequently the number of potentially offensive offenders in the law.
  3. Identifying and promoting the exchange of best practices on alternative measures and treatment programs for detention (with particular attention to music therapy) and drug prevention campaigns.
  4. Promoting and understanding of EU policies in this area between local authorities and NGOs.