Addicted to Punishment: The Disproportionality of Drug Laws in Latin America

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January 1, 2013

This report studies criminal laws in seven Latin American countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Argentina) and finds that criminal penalties for nonviolent drug law violations in these countries have grown dramatically – often exceeding prison sentences for violent crimes like rape or murder. The study was conducted by Dejusticia, with support from the Washington Office on Latin America and the Open Society Foundations.

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