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

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.

New Jersey Jail Population Analysis: Identifying Opportunities to Safely and Responsibly Reduce the Jail Population

April 8, 2013

A recently-released report finds that New Jersey jails are overflowing with pretrial arrestees who are unable to afford their nominal bail amounts.

One Million Police Hours

March 19, 2013

A new report documents the astronomical number of hours the New York Police Department has spent arresting and processing hundreds of thousands of low-level misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests during Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure from 2002 to 2012. The report finds that NYPD used approximately one million hours of police officer time to make 440,000 marijuana possession arrests. Under Mayor Bloomberg, New York City has made more marijuana possession arrests than under mayors Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani combined.

A Social Work Perspective on Drug Policy Reform

This report commissioned by the National Association of Social Workers calls for a public health approach to drug use and outlines the role social workers can play in shifting the current paradigm.

210,000 Marijuana Possession Arrests in Colorado, 1986 - 2010

October 25, 2012

This report reveals that more than 200,000 people have been arrested for marijuana possession in Colorado since 1986.  Police made more than half of those possession arrests in just the last 10 years.

Other key findings include:

  • Police made 108,000 marijuana possession arrests in just the last ten years.
  • African Americans and Latinos are less than a quarter (23%) of Colorado's residents, they made up more than a third (35%) of the people arrested for marijuana possession.

240,000 Marijuana Arrests: Costs, Consequences, and Racial Disparities of Possession Arrests in Washington, 1986 - 2010

October 11, 2012

This report reveals that nearly a quarter of a million people have been arrested in Washington for marijuana possession from 1986 to 2010.  Police made more than half of those marijuana arrests in just the last 10 years.

Other key findings include:

Drug Policy Guide, 2nd Edition

March 1, 2012
International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

The IDPC Drug Policy Guide brings together global evidence and examples of best practice to provide guidance on the review, design and implementation of drug policies. It is designed to assist national policymakers in the process of developing humane and effective drug policies. Each chapter of the Guide introduces a specific type of policy challenge, analyzes existing evidence and experiences of different countries, and presents advice and recommendations for developing effective policy responses.

Balancing Access and Safety: Meeting the Challenge of Blood Borne Viruses in Prison

July 19, 2011
Michael Moore, CEO, Public Health Association of Australia, and Melanie Walker, Deputy CEO, Public Health Association of Australia
Report for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health

This report from the Public Health Association of Australia makes recommendations for a syringe access model at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, an Australian prison with a particular focus on rehabilitation.

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