The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD) brings together researchers from nine Latin American countries with the goal of analyzing the impact of criminal law and legal practice surrounding illicit drugs at the national and regional level.

This brief demonstrates the impact of public policies on the incarceration of women in the Americas —the majority of whom are in prison for the crimes of small— scale dealing or transporting drugs. The consequences of the use of prisons can be seen not only in terms of how these women’s lives are affected, but also in the impact on their families, children and dependents, who are left without social or economic protections.