Items tagged with incarceration

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Oregon bill decriminalizes possession of heroin, cocaine and other drugs [11.07.2017] The Oregon legislature passed a bill that reclassifies possession of several drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor, reducing the punishments and expan...
Marijuana legalization must include justice reform [31.01.2017] Across the US, we routinely take a pledge that ends in “with liberty and justice for all.” Yet that fundamental promise has been broken in six of the...
Found in the dark [20.10.2016] Some 400 people were charged with being “found in the dark” in Yangon, Myanmar in the first five months of 2015 alone. The charge carries a prison te...
Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined [12.10.2016] On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released by t...
'Found in the Dark' [14.09.2016] To address its serious drug use problems, Myanmar should change its drug policy towards a harm reduction approach. Instead of a repressive approach, ...
The dark side of Duterte's deadly but popular drugs war [01.08.2016] When the image of Jennelyn Olaires weeping as she cradled the body of her slain husband went viral in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte call...
Heroin, survivor of War on Drugs, returns with new face [21.11.2015] United States military operations in Afghanistan, now in their 15th year, are routinely described as America’s longest war. For overseas combat, that...
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...
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...
Drug sentences rise, while time served for other crimes falls [26.08.2015] A Pew study shows that sentences for Americans convicted of federal drug crimes rose 36% — an average of 20 months — in 30 years, while sentences for...
Drug policy and incarceration in São Paulo, Brazil [14.06.2015] This briefing paper analyses the impact of drug policy on incarceration in São Paulo (Brazil), based on information collected among 1,040 people caug...
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 ...
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...
US president cautions against hopes of ganja legalisation [10.04.2015] President Barack Obama cautioned persons who have hopes of marijuana being legalised, as he explained the difference between legalisation and decrimi...
Another UN agency savages the drug war [16.03.2015] The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN agency charged with developing strategies to reduce global poverty, has strongly criticised c...
On the death penalty for drugs [02.03.2015] The Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), released today, calls upon States that ‘continue to impose the death penalty f...
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...
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...
OAS chief urges new approach to failed ‘war on drugs’ [12.09.2014] With the Organization of American States due to hold a special general assembly in Guatemala on illicit drugs in less than a week, OAS Secretary Gene...
Mexico City could be home to the most important marijuana decriminalization effort yet [17.02.2014] Lawmakers in Mexico's national legislature and Mexico City's Legislative Assembly introduced twin bills to overhaul the country's drug possession and...
US Attorney General Holder rejects mass incarceration, 'one-size-fits all' security policies [21.11.2013] Speaking at a meeting of the hemisphere's security ministers in Medellin, United States Attorney General Eric Holder touted the Obama administration'...
Sentenced to a slow death [15.11.2013] If this were happening in any other country, Americans would be aghast. A sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for trying t...
Just how “new” is the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy? [07.05.2012] Some have hailed the Obama administration’s 2012 National Drug Control Strategy as a revolutionary shift toward a public health approach to the natio...
Cause for Alarm [04.04.2012] The new report is the first to calculate the total number of females in prisons on drug offences in Europe and Central Asia. It provides an analysis ...
New York police officers defy order to cut marijuana arrests [29.03.2012] Police officers in New York are "manufacturing" criminal offenses by forcing people with small amounts of marijuana to reveal their drugs, according ...
Drug Policy in the Andes [15.12.2011] Fifty years after signing the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and 40 years after the U.S. government declared a "war on drugs," ma...
Russia defies growing consensus with declaration of 'Total War on Drugs' [08.06.2011] "Sending more people to prison will not reduce drug addiction or improve public health," said Anya Sarang, president of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation,...
Drug War Anniversary a Time for Reflection and Action [11.02.2011] Some anniversaries provide an occasion for celebration, others a time for reflection, still others a time for action. This June will mark forty years...
The development of international drug control [01.02.2011] The emergence of more pragmatic and less punitive approaches to the drugs issue may represent the beginning of change in the current global drug cont...
Thematic Briefings on Human Rights and Drug Policy [28.10.2010] In many countries around the world, drug control efforts result in serious human rights abuses: torture and ill treatment by police, mass incarcerati...
Drug Law Reform: Lessons from the New Zealand Experience [19.08.2010] In 2007, the Government of New Zealand entrusted an independent agency, the National Law Commission, to review the country’s drug law. The Commission...
The Human Toll of the Drug War: A Pending Issue [10.08.2010] Analia Silva, an Afro-Ecuadorian woman in her late 40s, says that getting a job in Ecuador was really difficult for her because she did not know how ...
Drug Laws and Prison in Ecuador [12.07.2010] Ecuador has one of the harshest drug laws in the hemisphere. A non-violent drug offender can receive the same sentence, sometimes even stiffer, than ...
Drug Laws and Prison in Mexico [02.07.2010] Over the years, the Mexican government has adopted increasingly heavy prison sentences and militarized drug policies to confront drug trafficking. Th...
The Human Face [02.07.2010] The human toll of unjust drug policies often goes unseen and unacknowledged; often buried in statistics and official reports. That is why the Transna...
IDPC Drug Policy Guide [01.03.2010] This is the second edition of the IDPC Drug Policy Guide aimed at national government policy makers. This publication is a collaborative effort by a ...
Legislative Innovation in Drug Policy [01.11.2009] This briefing summarizes good practices in legislative reforms around the world, representing steps away from a repressive zero-tolerance model towar...
Mexico: The Law Against Small-Scale Drug Dealing [01.10.2009] In August 2009, Mexico adopted a new law against small-scale drug dealing, which introduces some significant advances in key subjects, such as the re...
Drug Policy Reform in Practice [01.07.2009] The academic journal Nueva Sociedad recently released an issue to promote the debate in Latin America on drug policy reform. TNI contributed with the...
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development [14.01.2009] The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment submits his third report to the Human Rights Council....
The current state of drug policy debate [30.04.2008] Martin Jelsma, from the Transnational Institute, prepared an analysis for the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy , explaining the drug ...

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