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.
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.
The incarceration of women involved in low-level drug offences does not contribute effectively to addressing the world’s drug problem. Instead, it perpetuates a vicious cycle of victimisation, placing them in situations of further injustice.
The authors look at the stark contrast between the intense violence associated with the prohibited coca market in Colombia and how strong, local, self-help, and non-state institutions in poor communities in Bolivia have been a key factor in mitigating violence and criminal activity in coca-growing…