There's been discussions recently over whether to establish drug courts across the country, to focus on the addiction behind the crimes.
The push is particularly strong in Hamilton with a hui on the matter earlier this month.
Stephen King is one of those backing the idea. He's a former addict who has been in recovery for 27 years, is now the executive director of the Alcohol and Drug Community Support trust. Stephen's here to tell us why drug courts can help people break the cycle of offending.