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Alternatives to Imprisonment [01-04-11] The Sentencing Advisory Council has released a report on community attitudes towards the use of alternatives to imprisonment in Victoria. The report...
Drug sentencing public consultation launched [28-03-11] A public consultation on the sentencing of drugs offenders in England and Wales has been launched. The consultation, launched by the Sentencing Counci...
Addicted to Courts [22-03-11] America’s growing reliance on drug courts is an ineffective allocation of scarce state resources. Drug courts can needlessly widen the net of crimin...
Drug Courts Are Not the Answer [21-03-11] Drug Courts are Not the Answer finds that drug courts are an ineffective and inappropriate response to drug law violations. Many, all the way up to ...
Supreme Court decision on sentencing guidelines gives judges more leeway [14-03-11] Jason Pepper, a former meth addict and drug dealer from the heartland, says he got lucky when he was finally arrested. A sympathetic judge gave him ...
The development of international drug control [01-02-11] The emergence of more pragmatic and less punitive approaches to the drugs issue may represent the beginning of change in the current global drug contr...
Human Rights and Drug Policy [01-12-10] In many countries around the world, drug control efforts result in serious human rights abuses: torture and ill treatment by police, mass incarceratio...
Bigger welfare state 'reduces hard drug use' [02-11-10] Reducing the use of drugs would be better tackled by having a bigger welfare state, rather than criminalising addicts, according to research. The wor...
Black people six times more likely to face drug arrest [31-10-10] Black people are six times more likely to be arrested than white people for drug offences and 11 times more likely to be imprisoned, according to ne...
UN expert calls for a fundamental shift in global drug control policy [26-10-10] At a press conference in New York on Tuesday 26 October, at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, one of the UN’s key human rights ...
Drug Law Reform: Lessons from the New Zealand Experience [19-08-10] In 2007, the Government of New Zealand entrusted an independent agency, the National Law Commission, to review the country’s drug law. The Commission ...
Right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health [06-08-10] The current international system of drug control has focused on creating a drug-free world, almost exclusively through use of law enforcement policies...
Obama Signs Drug Parity Law [04-08-10] President Obama signed legislation on Tuesday reducing sentencing disparities between those caught with crack and those arrested with powder cocaine...
A Matter of Substance [26-07-10] This paper discusses the “substance-oriented approach” Dutch authorities implemented to to scare off potential small-scale cocaine smugglers. The fo...
Sentencing for Drug Offences in England and Wales [09-06-10] Sentencing for drug offences in England and Wales has recently undergone a wide-sweeping review and public consultation. The purpose of this report is...
IDPC Drug Policy Guide [01-03-10] This is the second edition ofthe IDPCDrug Policy Guideaimed atnational government policy makers. This publication is a collaborative effort by a numbe...
Sentencing for Drug Offences [01-03-10] In determining the seriousness of a drug offence the courts should focus on the quantity of the drug involved (or the scale of the operation) and the ...
Trends in Drug Law Reform in Europe and Latin America [26-01-10] This presentation gives a short overview of legislative reforms in Europe and Latin America that provide lessons learned in practice about less puniti...
Drug offences: sentencing and other outcomes [01-11-09] The sentences that offenders receive for drug law violations across the European Union are examined for the first time in this ‘Selected issue’. By an...
Legislative Innovation in Drug Policy [01-11-09] This briefing summarizes good practices in legislative reforms around the world, representing steps away from a repressive zero-tolerance model toward...

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