The Stories of Women in Prison for Drug Crimes
According to WOLA, women across the Americas are being incarcerated for low-level drug offenses at an alarming rate. In Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Peru, well over 60 percent of each country’s female prison population is incarcerated for drug-related crimes. Total prison populations in Latin America have grown as well; Colombia’s prison population has swelled 300 percent in the last 25 years. The policies that have led to this surge in imprisonment have torn apart families and crippled women’s abilities to find decent, legal employment once they have been released, perpetuating a vicious cycle of poverty, desperation, and incarceration. This series was produced in conjunction with WOLA and Equis Justicia Para Mujeres to communicate the urgency of rethinking and changing policy in the region.