The use of punishments such as incarceration for those involved in the illicit drug trade has long been relied upon a deterrent. However, it has resulted in the imposition of disproportionate sentencing (including the use of the death penalty) and overcrowded prisons, with high risks to health, social cohesion and human rights. Some countries and jurisdictions are now moving towards decriminalisation, alternatives to prison and the regulation of some markets.
Rêgo et al. argue that, despite the positive progress enabled by the Portuguese model, its limited ambitions, lack of update, and regressions toward punitive responses have severely undermined its potential.
Building on the study of the UN WGAD and on HRI’s report, this webinar aims at highlighting experiences from countries in the region, discussing key issues, and identifying opportunities for positive change.