Lawyer from Universidad de Chile, Master in Sociology from Universidad Católica de Chile. Master of Science in Law from Stanford University, USA. Doctoral candidate in Law at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is currently Director of Research and Development of the Justice and Society Center of the Catholic University of Chile and a professor of sociology at the same University. He worked in the government of Michelle Bachelet, both in matters related to drug treatment and policies and crime prevention. His lines of research are related to the criminal justice system, access to justice, prisons and drug policies, among other things.
Treatment in Chile: new findings and directions
Between 2017 and 2020, the CJS conducted an evaluation of the Treatment and Rehabilitation Programmes delivered by the National Service for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Consumption (SENDA) in Chile. For this purpose, a cohort of adult population users of treatment programs in residential and outpatient-intensive modalities was followed up. Interviews at the beginning of their treatment (n=612), 12 (n=465), and 18 months later (n=400) were carried out. The results show interesting findings for Chile, and useful learnings for the Latin American context. The research provides future directions to ensure better standards of quality treatment for problematic consumers.