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Drugs Demand Reduction

1st Bi-regional meeting to enhance the exchange of best practices: Drugs Policy and criminal justice reform: alternative treatment to prison for drug offences

Drugs Demand Reduction

Drugs Supply Reduction


1st Bi-regional meeting to enhance the exchange of best practices: Drugs Policy and criminal justice reform: alternative treatment to prison for drug offences

This meeting aims to review the available evidence in the area of criminal reforms related to drug offences and facilitate the exchange of information and to identify encouraging experiences in EU and CELAC and the common trends in the drug-related criminal laws for both regions.

Operative Dimension

Code
2.3.1
Year
2017
Component
C2 - Drugs Demand Reduction
Execution Level
Completed
Activity Types
Implementation

A total of 121 people have participated: 98 representatives of 36 countries and 7 organizations / institutions, 17 experts from 14 different countries and 6 member of the ECB (Executive and Coordination Body).

Associated operational objectives

0.1 - Establish the necessary operational bases to ensure the quality and coherence of the work to be performed and the necessary coordination and participation of all partners.
0.3 - Ensure visibility of COPOLAD and its activities and disseminate the contents in the main political and professional forums in the field of drug policies to be held both internationally and in CELAC.
0.4 - Establish the necessary institutional contacts to avoid duplication with already developed initiatives and ensure synergies with ongoing initiatives, both within the EU and CELAC.
2.1 - Assess existing needs in DDR, to define specific final contents of foreseen activities under Component 2, adjusting them according to different groups of countries.
2.4 - Promote the identification and exchange of best practices for populations at risk of social exclusion (selective and indicated prevention), paying special attention to teens threatened by contexts of crime and violence; or other populations at risk.
2.6 - Maintain a project-supported initiative, which ensures the availability of planning and evaluation tools, in a way that becomes self-sustaining beyond the duration of the programme.

Results

A high percentage, the 74% of participants, has filled the questionnaire and answered the questions posed. 5 out of 10 has answered the qualitative questions.

Taking into account all questions, and as seen in the table below, the 84% of the evaluators has rated the meeting between 7 and 10, being the highest percentage, 57%, for the highest scores (9-10)

The average overall score was 8.8, with the questions related to organization, meeting expectations and opportunities for the exchange of experiences during the Meeting having the highest scores.

Indicators

Identified and exchanged among all participating countries of, at least, 10 best practices for populations at risk of social exclusion (selective and indicated prevention), paying special attention to teens threatened by contexts of crime and violence; or other populations at risk.

Theoretical Dimension

Institutions

ICD - Costa Rican Drug Institute Costa Rica

Leader

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CICAD/OAS - Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission Supranational

Leader

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Press Release

Costa Rica hosts 1st Bi-regional Meeting for the exchange of best practices on alternatives to prison for drug-related offences

Costa Rica hosts 1st Bi-regional Meeting for the exchange of best practices on alternatives to prison for drug-related offences

In the framework of the COPOLAD Programme, the Costa Rican authorities from the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas (ICD) and the Judiciary, together with the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) and the Executive Secretary of Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD/OAS), hold the 1st Bi-regional Meeting for the exchange of best practices. “Drugs Policy and Criminal Justice Reforms: Alternatives to prison for drug-related offences” in San Jose, Costa Rica, from June 27th to 29th.

The second phase of the Cooperation Programme between Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies (COPOLAD II), financed by the European Commission, has among its priority objectives to carry out bi-regional exchanges of best practices that enrich the institutional relations between the participating countries and contribute to a greater dialogue and harmonization of drugs policies between the countries of the European Union (EU), Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC).

Under this general objective, the 1st Bi-regional Meeting for the exchange of best practices aims to:

  1. Review the available evidence in the area of criminal reforms related to drug offences,

  2. Facilitate the exchange of information,

  3. Identify encouraging experiences and to share lessons learned in both regions (EU and CELAC).

120 representatives from 40 countries (9 from the European Union, 17 from Latin-America and 14 from the Caribbean), one European Agency (EMCDDA), two multilateral agencies (CICAD-OAS and UNODC) and three bi-regional networks (AIAMP, IDPC and RIOD) will contribute to defining the main progress achieved and the challenges that remain to be faced in the short and medium term.

During the three-day meeting, participants will share common trends in the drug-related criminal laws for both regions, EU and CELAC, and some existing and possible alternative options to imprisonment, before and during the criminal proceedings and for the prison population as well. They will debate about the need to adapt the criminal justice to specific groups such as women, adolescents and people with mental health issues. They will uncover the key elements and challenges of strategies and implementation mechanisms for alternatives to imprisonment and their applicability in the context of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Every day there will be a specific time for the organised working groups to debate and answer to different questions related to the topics discussed during the panels.

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