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Matthew Perry supports US drug courts

2013-12-18 13:15

Los Angeles - Matthew Perry is a big supporter of drug courts.

The 44-year-old Friends star - who battled alcohol and drug addiction problems earlier in his life - backs the American court system which aims to decrease the number of drug offenders by offering non-violent persons the chance to receive treatment.

Matthew - who has been active in helping addicts and at one point even converted his Malibu beach house into a sober living facility - insists such programmes help crack down on future crime. 

Talking on British current affairs show Newsnight, he said: "I see that they work. I've been involved with them for a little over four years and people that go through drug courts have a 55 per cent less chance of seeing handcuffs ever again."

Matthew claims that drug courts give people a second chance since they "interrupt" the users' substance addiction.

Quizzed on whether these people wouldn't have quit their drug habit anyway, he replied: "Well, that gets under the bigger question of whether these people are addicts or not. I mean if they're drug addicts and alcoholics they're going to keep going until something stops them. Drug court is a wonderful way to interrupt that process. It's a way to not throw these people away.

"It takes first time non-violent drug offenders and instead of throwing them into prison it puts them into an 18-month to two-year programme."

There are currently over 2 400 drug courts operating throughout the United States.

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