CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening


CICAD: Institutional Strengthening

Closing the Gap


About the Project

This project seeks to address the increasing economic and social pressures associated with high rates of incarceration for drug-related offenders, offering alternatives to avoid making the judicial system, including prisons, a revolving door that perpetuates crime, exclusion, and drug abuse. The project will analyze alternatives for drug-related offenders before they enter the criminal justice system in pre-trial stages within the judicial system, for offenders already convicted in the court system, and for types of offender who have already been incarcerated. The offenders this project considers are:

  1. Individuals found in violation of prohibitions on possession of drugs for personal use.
  2. Non-violent micro-traffickers.
  3. Non-violent, low-capacity producers.
  4. Drug-dependent offenders.

The most important goal of these alternatives is to achieve the social reintegration of drug-related offenders. This should occur through a multi-agency effort that combines public institutions and civil society to ensure that the results are sustainable. The project initially will focus on five Member States – Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, Peru and Dominican Republic – and will undertake studies of the potential to execute certain programs or interventions in each of these countries.

The Problem

In recent years, many countries in the Americas have seen a significant increase in the number of people deprived of liberty due to drug offenses. This has contributed greatly to an increase in the over-crowding of prisons – a problem experienced by most countries in the region. This increase in the prison population has a significant relationship with the steady rise of drug crimes and their corresponding punishments. The disproportionality of these punishments is not only an increasing burden on judicial and corrections systems, but also detrimental to the human rights of drug-related offenders. What makes disproportionality an even more pressing issue is that it weighs most heavily on the weakest links of the supply chain, normally individuals in precarious socio-economic conditions with low levels of education, exposing them to the stigma and marginalization that are too often part and parcel of prosecution and incarceration.


Estudio Diagnostico Guadalupe, Mexico
Technical Report on Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug‐related offenses


updated on 7/21/2017 11:42:54 AM