Entries tagged with “Drug offenses

Policy Issues

Human Rights

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International

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Jun 09, 2010

NEW RESOURCES: The Death Penalty for Drug Offences — Global Overview 2010

The International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) recent­ly pub­lished a report on the use of the death penal­ty for drug crimes around the world. The report dis­tin­guish­es between coun­tries that have leg­is­la­tion allow­ing a death sen­tence for drug offens­es and those that actu­al­ly apply it in prac­tice. According to the report, 32 juris­dic­tions retain the death penal­ty for drug offens­es (out of the 58 coun­tries that have the death penal­ty for any offense), at least 12 of which were known to have car­ried out an exe­cu­tion for such offens­es in the…

Facts & Research

Public Opinion

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Jun 12, 2018

Pew Poll Finds Uptick in Death Penalty Support, Though Still Near Historic Lows

Just under 54% of Americans say they sup­port the death penal­ty and 39% say they are opposed, accord­ing to the results of a Pew Research poll released June 11, 2018. The poll — admin­is­tered between April 25 and May 1, one month after President Trump called for the death penal­ty for drug traf­fick­ing — reflects a five-point increase in sup­port for cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, up from the record-low 49% record­ed in Pew’s 2016 poll.

Policy Issues

Deterrence

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Crimes Punishable by Death

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Federal Death Penalty

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Mar 20, 2018

Public Health Experts Criticize Trump’s Proposal to Seek Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers

Saying the ulti­mate penal­ty has to be the death penal­ty,” President Donald Trump (pic­tured) announced on March 19 that he will direct the Department of Justice to seek the death penal­ty against drug traf­fick­ers. The pro­pos­al, includ­ed as part of the administration’s plan to address an opi­oid epi­dem­ic that has result­ed in as many as 64,000 over­dose deaths in 2016 alone, drew imme­di­ate crit­i­cism from pub­lic-health and crim­i­nal-jus­tice experts. We can’t exe­cute our way out of this epi­dem­ic,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-direc­tor of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at…

Policy Issues

Sentencing Alternatives

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Women

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Oct 07, 2021

Report: More Women Serving Extreme Sentences in the United States

The num­ber of women serv­ing extreme sen­tences in the United States has increased sharply in the last decade, a September 2021 report by a col­lab­o­ra­tive of crim­i­nal law reform orga­ni­za­tions has found.