CEDD – Drogas y Derecho

Drugs and right

We analyze the impact of criminal legislation and legal practice of drugs in Latin America.

The human cost
of the drug war

Press information

Discourse vs. reality: Increasing incarceration for drug offenses in Latin America

By CEDD | February 8, 2016

Perhaps because the effects of the “war on drugs” have been so gravely felt in Latin America, these countries have emerged at the vanguard of efforts to promote an international debate to rethink drug control policies. Yet flying in the face of that rhetoric, mass incarceration for low-level drug offenses has increased across the region, as shown in new research published by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD). In most of the Latin American countries studied, at least one out of five persons in prison is there for drug offenses. And in several countries, that population is increasing at higher rates than the general prison population.

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New Studies Reveal Increase in Incarceration for Drug Offenses in the Americas

By CEDD | November 3, 2015

Mexico City—Today, the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) will release a series of new studies showing that despite the current debate in Latin America on the…

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In Mexico, guilty till proven innocent

By CEDD | April 26, 2015

Taken from CNN
The case of Yanira Maldonado brought international attention once more to the innocent people getting caught in Mexico's drug war.
Maldonado, a U.S. citizen and mother of seven children, was released late last week after spending more than a week in a prison in Nogales, Mexico, accused of trying to transport marijuana aboard a bus.

Recent research

People Deprived of their Liberty for Drug Offenses

By CEDD | October 28, 2015

The new study by The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD) provides recent statistical information on those who are detained, prosecuted and incarcerated for drug offenses in Latin America.

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Proportionality and drug crimes

By CEDD | March 12, 2015

This volume brings together studies by the Collective Drug Studies and Law (CEDD) around the principle of proportionality and its application in the field of drug laws in various countries in Latin America.

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Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America

By CEDD | March 12, 2015

Depriving a person of his or her liberty is one of the most formidable powers of any state. The way in which states exercise this power, striking a balance between the duty to guarantee public safety and the obligation to respect fundamental human rights, is of the utmost importance. The operation of the justice system has repercussions for society as a whole.


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