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.

Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

June 2, 2011
Global Commission on Drug Policy

The Global Commission, whose members include Kofi Annan and four former presidents, calls the drug war a failure and advocates a paradigm shift in global drug policy. The commission's bold recommendations include encouraging governments to experiment with legalization of drugs, particularly marijuana; putting an end to drug policies being driven by ideology and politics; and directing resources away from arresting and incarcerating so many people for drug law violations.

Reducing Drug Trafficking Revenues and Violence in Mexico: Would Legalizing Marijuana in California Help?

Beau Kilmer, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Brittany M. Bond, Peter H. Reuter

U.S. demand for illicit drugs creates markets for Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs). This paper examines how marijuana legalization in California might influence DTO revenues and the violence in Mexico, focusing on gross revenues from export and distribution to wholesale markets near the southwestern U.S. border.

Wasted in the War on Drugs: Office of National Drug Control Policy's Wasted Efforts

June 26, 2006
Katherine Walkenhorst
Citizens Against Government Waste

Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug-Related Violence: Evidence from a Scientific Review

April 1, 2010
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

This report consists of a scientific review that illustrates the relationship between drug law enforcement and drug-related violence.

Collateral Costs: Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility

September 23, 2010
jointly authored by The Economic Mobility Project and the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts

Collateral Costs: Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility is a collaborative effort between the Pew Charitable Trusts' Economic Mobility Project and its Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP). The report examines the impact of incarceration on the economic opportunity and mobility of former inmates and their families.

State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons

April 14, 2011
PEW Center for the States
This report from the PEW Center for the States evaluated national prison recidivism rates and found New Jersey to be among a small group of states making progress in reducing prison recidivism rates.  Six states, (Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, and Utah) reduced their rates of recidivism by more than 10 percent.  New Jersey reduced its recidivism rate by 11.4 percent between 1999 and 2007.  The report also found that New Jersey had reduced its crime rate at the same time it was reducing its incarceration rate.
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