Items tagged with proportionality

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The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD) [31.12.2019] The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law ( Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD ) brings together researchers from seven Latin American c...
Ten years of drug policy failure in Brazil [27.08.2016] Ten years ago this week, Brazil passed a law intended to distinguish dangerous drug traffickers from simple drug users. By replacing jail sentences f...
Body count rises as new Philippines president calls for drug addicts to be killed [04.07.2016] Newly-installed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his tough stance on crime by urging the public to not only kill drug dealers, bu...
Punjab’s war on drugs is more a war on drug addicts [08.06.2016] In May 2014, stung by allegations of inaction over the rampant abuse and trafficking of drugs, the Punjab government launched an aggressive crackdown...
Philippine president-elect promises 'a medal' to anyone who shoots a drug dealer [06.06.2016] Rodrigo Duterte, the new and controversial leader of the Philippines, has called for vigilante justice to deal with the country’s rampant drug trade....
The human rights 'win' at the UNGASS on drugs that no one is talking about, and how we can use it [09.05.2016] The April 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem offered a unique opportunity to re-examine the approach of puni...
‘Addicted to punishment' [13.04.2016] Latin American leaders may be patting themselves on the back for engineering next week’s Special Session of the UN General Assembly in New York to re...
Striving for system-wide coherence [11.03.2016] In April 2016, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will convene its 30th Special Session (or ‘UNGASS’) – and the third to focus on the ‘w...
Latin America’s crackdown on drugs defies its progressive rhetoric [12.11.2015] “We were having dinner—my daughter, grandchild, and me,” says Ramona, a 67-year-old Mexican woman who is serving a sentence of four-and-a-half years ...
Surge in imprisonment for drug offenses raises questions over decriminalization law [11.11.2015] A report by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho - CEDD), reveals that the number of people imprisone...
New UN think-tank report: What comes after the War on Drugs? [02.11.2015] The UN's own thinktank, the United Nations University (UNU), published a report entitled What Comes After the War on Drugs? that argues that UNGASS 2...
People deprived of their liberty for drug offenses: The social costs of drug policy [02.11.2015] The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) released a series of new studies showing that despite the...
Obama calls for shorter sentences for nonviolent convicts [13.07.2015] Calling it an issue America can’t afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision for fixing the criminal justice system. “In f...
Latin America rethinks drug policies [26.05.2015] During the 1980s and 1990s, as the United States battled the scourge of cocaine throughout the hemisphere, Washington did most of the talking. Latin ...
Women Behind Bars [19.05.2015] Across Latin America, the effects of disproportionate punishment for low-level, non-violent drug offenses are particularly severe for women. To shed ...
How America overdosed on drug courts [18.05.2015] Drug courts celebrated their 25th anniversary last year. Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with addicts, d...
Drug experts plead for a better way [17.05.2015] In an Alternative Drugs and Addiction Report, experts have warned politicians that current laws on dangerous drugs are doing more harm than good in G...
The new drug warriors [01.05.2015] The war on drugs is edging towards a truce. Half of Americans want to lift the ban on cannabis. America’s change of heart has led many to wonder if t...
The painful price of aging in prison [01.05.2015] In recent years, federal sentencing guidelines have been revised, resulting in less severe prison terms for low-level drug offenders. But tens of tho...
Which countries have the death penalty for drug smuggling? [27.04.2015] Indonesia executed eight convicted drug traffickers. The sentences have provoked outrage from the prisoners’ home countries, none of which hands down...
2016: The UN's year to take on drugs [26.04.2015] Global disagreement over drug policies provides an important opportunity to reconsider the effectiveness of existing counternarcotics policies, addre...
Technical Report on Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug-Related Offenses [22.04.2015] Convinced that responses to the drug problem should be comprehensive, centering on public health and human rights perspectives, the Government of Col...
The Road to UNGASS 2016 [14.04.2015] On 19th to 21st April 2016, there will be a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) held in New York, dedicated to the issue of drug...
Two headlines perfectly sum up everything wrong with American drug policy [02.03.2015] Two stories published last week perfectly sum up the state of American drug policy. On Friday, Colorado released its first annual report on the state...
The United States rethinks draconian drug sentencing policies [27.01.2015] Across the Americas, an unprecedented debate on drug policy reform is underway. While a regional consensus on what form those reforms should take rem...
Putting numbers to faces: a new map of substance misuse, homelessness and offending in England [18.01.2015] Statistics can be a limited and limiting way to understand social issues. When we focus on how many people are affected by a problem, or how much the...
Is Obama finally ready to dial back the war on drugs? [31.12.2014] As Obama embarks on the third year of his second term, here are some of the ways in which Obama has begun to deliver on his promises of a more ration...
Pot legalization: Gateway to what? [12.11.2014] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) plans to stay on the sidelines of future pot legalization campaigns – already supported by groups plotting ...
Norman Baker: 'Genie is out the bottle' on drug reform [30.10.2014] Westminster has finally reached a tipping point in the drug debate and radical change is now becoming possible, Norman Baker has said. The Liberal De...
Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study [30.10.2014] There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the UK government...
Ecuador is freeing thousands of drug mules [06.10.2014] In Latin America’s latest challenge to Washington’s “war on drugs,” Ecuador has quietly begun releasing thousands of convicted cocaine smugglers. The...
Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work [09.09.2014] The upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in 2016 is an unprecedented opportunity to review and re-direct nation...
Latin America’s Anti-drug Policies Feed on the Poor [04.09.2014] Poor young men, slumdwellers and single mothers are hurt the most by anti-drug policies in Latin America, according to representatives of governments...
The injustice of marijuana arrests [27.07.2014] America’s four-decade war on drugs is responsible for many casualties, but the criminalization of marijuana has been perhaps the most destructive par...
Drug courts, meant to aid addicts, now a battlefield of pot politics [25.07.2014] Many longtime supporters of drug courts have become dismayed by the extent to which the courts now reach into the lives of people whose only infracti...
In Search of Rights [09.07.2014] The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law ( Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) has published a new study that assesses state responses ...
Moving Away from Drug Courts [30.04.2014] Drug courts have spread across the country, yet available research does not support their continued expansion. Most drug courts do not reduce impriso...
Italy's strict drug law goes up in smoke [16.02.2014] On February 12, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Fini-Giovanardi law setting out penalties related to the sale and possession of illegal drugs...
Italy relaxes cannabis penalties [12.02.2014] Italy's Constitutional Court struck down an anti-drug law from 2006 that imposed tough sentencing for the sale and possession of cannabis, putting it...
Justice Dept. seeks to curtail stiff drug sentences [13.08.2013] In a major shift in criminal justice policy, the Obama administration will move to ease overcrowding in federal prisons by ordering prosecutors to om...
The Next Step in Drug Treatment [25.04.2013] The mandatory-sentencing craze that drove up the prison population tenfold, pushing state corrections costs to bankrupting levels, was rooted in New ...
The unintended negative consequences of the 'war on drugs' [28.02.2013] Criminalisation of drug users, excessive levels of imprisonment, and punitive sentencing practices, including mandatory sentencing, the death penalty...
Addicted to punishment [31.12.2012] In Latin America, trafficking cocaine so it can be sold to someone who wants to use it is more serious than raping a woman or deliberately killing yo...
Marijuana decriminalization law brings down juvenile arrests in California [25.11.2012] Marijuana is one of the primary reasons why California experienced a stunning 20 percent drop in juvenile arrests in just one year, between 2010 and ...
Drug sentences now make more sense [19.11.2012] The underlying aim of The Sentencing Council's new guideline for drug offences in England and Wales is to ensure sentences are consistent and the pun...
The Death Penalty for Drug Offences [19.11.2012] Executions for drug offences have escalated in countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia against a trend towards abolition globally, reveals a new Harm...
Disproportionate penalties for drug offenses in Mexico [11.11.2012] The story of the Mexican drug war has generally focused on the violence perpetrated by drug cartels and the apparent inability to bring so many crimi...
Drugs, crime and punishment [19.06.2012] Proportionality is one of the key principles of the rule of law aiming to protect people from cruel or inhumane treatment. The principle has been est...
'Bolletjesslikker opsluiten zinloos' [15.06.2012] Bolletjesslikkers horen niet in de gevangenis. Het berechten en opsluiten van ongeveer vijftienhonderd kleine drugssmokkelaars per jaar heeft geen no...
Dope smokers face fines but no court procedure [04.06.2012] The Swiss Parliament has agreed in principle to impose a fine on consumers of small amounts of cannabis instead of opening a mandatory criminal proce...

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