The CEDD periodically studies a topic related to illicit drugs and law. These studies seek to document and explore the costs of the current policy, both for governments and Latin American society.
People Deprived of their Liberty for Drug Offenses
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.
Drug Users and State Responses in Latin America
A study that evaluates State responses to illicit drug consumption in 8 Latin American countries, which predominantly tend to be through penal systems and not through healthcare systems.
Proporcionality and drug crimes
The studies that are included here show the disproportion that charaterizes the penal systems and underscore the urgent necesity to revise current drug policies on a regional level.
Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America
A study that analyzes the available data on the situation in prisons and the charateristics of the prisoners, including information on people who are imprisoned for drug-related crimes.
The Human Cost of the Drug War
These videos feature people who have spent years in prison enduring harsh sentences that are disproportionate to the crimes they committed. The videos are part of a TNI/WOLA study investigating the prison systems of eight countries in Latin America. The people in the videos are featured because they represent the rarely revealed human side of the war on drugs. These personal stories illustrate the unjust impact of current drug laws.
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