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

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1st Bi-regional meeting to enhance the exchange of best practices:

In the framework of the COPOLAD Programme, the Costa Rican authorities from the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas (ICD) and the Judicial, 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 UNDCP) 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.

Everyday there will be a specific time for the organized working groups to debate and answer to different questions related to the topics discussed during the panels. The conclusions and lessons learned will be shared at the end of the meeting with all participants.

Operative Dimension

C2 - Drugs Demand Reduction
Execution Level
Activity Types
Associated operational objectives

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.


ICD - Costa Rican Drug Institute Costa Rica


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


Participating Institutions

Corte de Magistrados Sala de Familia Antigua & Barbuda
Ministerio de Transformación Social y Desarrollo Humano Antigua & Barbuda
SEDRONAR - Secretariat of Comprehensive Policies on Drugs of the Argentine Nation Argentina
Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos Argentina
NADS - National Anti-Drug Secretariat Bahamas
Poder Judicial Bahamas
NCSA - National Council on Substance Abuse Barbados
Poder Judicial Barbados
City of Ghent Belgium
NDACC - National Drug Abuse Control Council Belize
Corte Penal - Belize
Ministerio de Salud Bolivia
Ministerio de Gobierno Bolivia
Fundaçao Oswaldo Cruz Brazil
Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Security Chile
SENDA - National Service for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Consumption Chile
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile
No se encuentra Cyprus
MINJUSTICIA - Ministry of Justice and Law Colombia
Fiscalía General de la Nación - General Attorney Colombia
Poder Judicial Costa Rica Costa Rica
Corte Suprema de Justicia Costa Rica
IAFA - Instituto sobre alcoholimo y Farmacodependencia Costa Rica
ICD - Costa Rican Drug Institute Costa Rica
Poder Judicial - Judiciary Costa Rica
Fundación Génesis Costa Rica
No se encuentra Costa Rica
No se encuentra Costa Rica
Ministry of Justice Cuba
NDAPU - National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit Dominica
Ministerio de Justicia, Inmigración y Seguridad Nacional Dominica
SETED - Technical Secretariat for Comprehensive Prevention on Drugs Ecuador
Dirección General de Centros Penales/Ministerio de Justicia y Seguridad Pública - El Salvador
CNA - National Anti-Drug Commission El Salvador
Cuerpo Nacional de Policía Spain
Asociación Servicio Interdisciplinar de Atención a las Drogodependencias (SIAD) Spain
Secretaría General de Instituciones Penitenciarias Spain
CITCO - Intelligence Centre Against Terrorism and Organized Crime Spain
Center for court innovation United States
US Department of Justice United States
John Jay College of Criminal Justice United States
Treatment alternatives for save communities United States
Ministry of Social Development and Housing Grenada
RGPF - Royal Grenada Police Force Grenada
SECCATID - Executive Secretariat for the Commission Against Addictions and Illicit Drug Trafficking Guatemala
Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions - Guyana
Ministry of Public Security / Welfare and Corrections Guyana Prison Service - Guyana
CONALD - Commission Nationale de Lutte contre la Drogue Haiti
DNII - National Directorate for State Research and Intelligence Honduras
University of Limerick - Ireland
NCDA - National Council on Drug Abuse Jamaica
Ministry of Justice Jamaica
Supreme Court of Justice, Jamaica Jamaica
Ministry of Health Jamaica
Subsecretaría de Prevención y Participación Ciudadana Secretaría de Gobernación (SEGOB) Mexico
CONADIC - National Commission against Addictions Mexico
Tribunal Superior de Justicia Estado de Chihuahua, México Mexico
Corte Suprema de Justicia Nicaragua
MINREX - Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nicaragua
Consejo Nacional Contra el Crimen Organizado (CNCCO) Nicaragua
Ministerio de Salud Panama
CONAPRED - National Commission for the Study and Prevention of Drug-related Crimes Panama
SENAD - National Anti-Drugs Secretariat Paraguay
Ministerio Público Paraguay
COPOLAD - Cooperation Programme between Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union on Drugs Policies Parte Contratante
FIIAPP - International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies Parte Contratante
Ministerio Público Peru
Corte Suprema de la República Perú Peru
Ministerio de Justicia Poland
Instituto de Psiquiatría y Neurología de Varsovia Poland
SICAD - General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies Portugal
RAND Europe United Kingdom
VLADA - Secretariat of the Council of the Government for Drug Policy. Office of the Government Czech Republic
Instituto de Criminología y Prevención Social Czech Republic
Centro de Atención Integral a las Dependencias (CAID) Dominican Republic
Poder Judicial Dominican Republic
Cuerpo de Policía de Rumanía. Unidad antidroga Romania
AAN - National Anti-drug Agency Romania
NCDAP - National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
SAACS - Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat Saint Lucia
RSLPF - Royal Saint Lucia Police Force Saint Lucia
Delegación de la UE en Costa Rica Supranational
AIAMP - Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors Supranational
CICAD/OAS - Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission Supranational
EMCDDA - European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction Supranational
IDPC - International Drug Policy Consortium Supranational
RIOD - Ibero-American Network of NGOs in the field of Drugs Supranational
UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Supranational
Embassy of Brazil to the Kingdom of The Netherlands Supranational
Ministry of Justice and Police Surinam
NADC - National Anti-drug Council Surinam
The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
Prisons Service Trinidad and Tobago
Poder Judicial - Judiciary Uruguay



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