A number of Italian NGOs (Forum droghe/Fuoriluogo, Coordinamento Nazionale Comunità di Accoglienza, Antigone, Società della Ragione) have released a second “White Book” to evaluate the 2006 drug legislation over a period of 5 years (2006-2011). The first “White Book” was issued  in March 2009 to analyse the implementation of the Fini-Giovanardi law over the first three years.

The main results from the second White Book show a significant consistency with the previous study: the rate of drug offenders among the overall prison population is increasing and the drug legislation may be considered as the main reason for the present overcrowding of Italian prisons; law enforcement is focused on cannabis; therapeutic alternatives to incarceration are dropping; the number of people sanctioned for personal use is in sharp rise.

The second White Book calls for an immediate change in drug legislation and suggests key reforms.

Click here to read the full version of the second White Book in Italian. The Executive Summary of the second White Book is available below in English.

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