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Global Commission on Drug Policy. (2019) Drug policy and deprivation of liberty. Geneva: Global Commission on Drug Policy. 36 p.

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This paper shows how the deprivation of liberty for non-violent drug crimes is a wrong and ineffective response, notably because it does not take into account the social and psychological root causes of drug consumption, nor does it consider the economic and social marginalization of low-level actors in the trade. Furthermore, people who are incarcerated are vulnerable, exposed to risks, particularly health risks, for which they are not well-equipped and do not receive adequate care.

In this report, members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy analyze the last thirty years of over incarceration in closed settings, from prisons to migrant administrative detention and from mandatory treatment to private rehabilitation centers. The paper highlights the responsibility of the State towards people who are incarcerated, and demonstrates how their health and well-being are at risk.


Item Type
Evidence resource
Drug Type
Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type
AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention
Date
June 2019
Pages
36 p.
Publisher
Global Commission on Drug Policy
Corporate Creators
Global Commission on Drug Policy
Place of Publication
Geneva
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