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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.

The Power of a Second Chance

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

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.

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.

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.

Getting Drug Policy Right for Women and Girls

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