Latin America has long promoted a war on drugs approach. However, the significant levels of violence, as well as other health and social harms related to repressive drug control have led several countries across the region to call for an open debate on drug policy across the region. Uruguay has moved a step further by legally regulating its cannabis market.
What are the most recent trends regarding women’s incarceration in the Americas? Who are the women behind bars? Experts from the IACHR and from Brazil, Mexico, and the United States will investigate these questions and more in what promises to be an eye-opening conversation.
This paper shows that arrests for drug use and drug possession for personal consumption actually amount to a very small margin of drug seizures although they represent more than one-third of recorded arrests.
This report provides the most recent data on the use of pretrial detention in Latin America, looks specifically at its impact on women, and concludes with recommendations to reduce the number of women in pretrial detention.