The main objective of the report is to examine alternatives to incarceration that have been used in different countries of the world for drug-related offenses. It is intended to offer Member States a wide range of options to move forward in the design and implementation of policies that are both effective and uphold human rights.

Drafted for the 56th Meeting of the CICAD in November 2014 in Guatemala City, this four-part document provides a four-part synopsis of the major findings and alternatives identified by the TSG.

The first part of the document explains the rationale behind the project, laying out why it is important to design and implement alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenses. The second part outlines the legal, conceptual and methodological approaches guiding the TSG’s work. The third part provides essential information about the alternatives identified in this exercise, arranging these experiences by their most salient components and proposing a system of categorization thereof, as well as a few specific examples. Lastly, in the fourth part, conclusions are drawn and a list of guiding principles is provided for the adoption and development of alternatives, recognizing the importance of taking into account the context and particular needs of each country.

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