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Gender in the Criminal Justice System

 

Gender in the Criminal Justice System

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Gender generally features in discussions on the drug problem, but few of the responses or interventions that tackle the consequences of drugs include tangible components and solutions that address gender imbalances in access to justice and/or services, or other issues that negatively impact individuals based on their gender. 

CICAD is carrying out a diagnostic study in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica that will collect and analyze data on individuals entering the criminal justice system (that is, when the case is referred to the prosecutor's office, and before formal charges are filed), followed by the drafting of a compendium of available alternatives to incarceration and social reintegration interventions that include a gender-based focus.

These diagnostic studies will also inform and support the design of appropriate interventions or adjustments to current alternatives to incarceration.  CICAD seeks to generate baseline data based on these studies that will assist drug authorities in improving their ability to track and report sentencing outcomes and recidivism rates for drug-related offences, while enhancing their ability to disaggregate relevant populations by gender.  This data will contribute to the development of effective drug policies and programs that are gender-sensitive, as well as to address the drug problem without contributing to gender inequality.  Additionally, the studies will make recommendations on improving interventions based on its findings.

This project will allow participating states, institutions, and professionals working in the justice, social services, and health sectors to:  (1) increase awareness and understanding of gender dynamics in promoting alternatives to incarceration strategies for drug-related offenders as a way to reduce recidivism; (2) improve coordination among these sectors and with civil society; (3) develop information-gathering methodologies to better identify current gaps in how the justice system offers alternatives to incarceration for this population, thus reducing inequality; and (4) better understand gender dynamics of drug-related offenders when designing drug-related policies and legislation.

 

 


updated on 10/10/2019 4:42:51 PM