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.
With this consultation, the European Commission wishes to explore the extent to which detention issues (following a criminal offence) impact on mutual trust, and consequently on mutual recognition and judicial cooperation generally within the European Union.
In mid-July, Cambodia’s Prime Minister approved a controversial new drug law that opens the door to rampant human rights violations. The legislation will force drug users into involuntary treatment for up to two years in facilities where previous detainees have reported being victims of…
This "White Book" shows that the number 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…
The US Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation tested whether drug courts reduce drug use, crime, and associated problems; assessed how drug courts work and for whom; examined how changes in participant attitudes and perceptions explain effectiveness; and analysed cost savings.
The Statistical bulletin is published yearly by the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and provides access to the most recent statistical data relating to the drugs situation in Europe.
Two years after the Declaration of Latin Judges in Oporto, judges from Italy, Brazil and Argentina insist that the “global war on drugs” has been a failure in view of the very serious consequences it has entailed for individuals and society worldwide.
This report, co-authored by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Harm Reduction International, Human Rights Watch, and the Open Society Foundations, documents some of the abuses perpetrated in the name of drug rehabilitation.
The Philippines is well-known for exporting domestic workers across the world, but as low-income jobs disappear in the global recession, increasing numbers of desperate Filipinos are resorting to something much more dangerous – smuggling drugs as mules.
Drug detention centers rarely provide treatment that meets these standards. Depending on the country, so-called rehabilitation consists of a regime of military drills, forced labor, psychological and moral re-education, and shackling, caning, and beating. Even people who voluntarily seek treatment…