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Drug Policy Reform

Drug Policy Reform

Prohibition-based policies have led to a rise in drug-related violence, prison overcrowding, and an increase in HIV epidemics. The Open Society Foundations support organizations that put forward alternatives.

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Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War

In Latin America, the most perverse consequences of the drug war are borne by women.

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The Power of a Second Chance

Those convicted of low-level, nonviolent offenses are not the only people who deserve a shot at redemption.

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Bolivia’s Smarter Approach to Controlling Coca Production

By shifting from forced eradication to community-based enforcement, Bolivia is regulating the production of coca leaves while respecting farmers’ rights.

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Habeas Coca: Bolivia’s Community Coca Control

This report explains how Bolivia's community coca control system works and shows its effectiveness in decreasing violence, increasing citizen engagement, limiting corruption, and reducing coca cultivation.

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Academics Come Out in Force Against Indonesia’s Drug Crackdown

With raids, forced treatment, executions, and a declared state of emergency, Indonesia’s drug war is out of control. Now a group of academics is rallying against it.

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Getting Drug Policy Right for Women and Girls

A new report details gender disparities in the impacts of drugs and drug-related crime.