This guide, written by the Washington Office on Latin America, the International Drug Policy Consortium, the Inter-American Commission of Women, and Dejusticia, proposes drug policy reform to reduce the female prison population in the Americas.
The use of jail as a response to drugs has disproportionately affected women. In Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica, more than 60% of the female prison population is deprived of liberty for drug-related offenses. Many of them have little education, live in poverty and are responsible for the care of dependent persons – children, young people, the elderly or disabled.
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