Drug Policy

Soldiers uproot coca shrubs as part of a manual eradication operation in San Jose del Guaviare, Colombia, in March 2019. The amount of Colombian land where peasants and drug traffickers harvest the plant used to make cocaine has been steadily rising since 2013. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Harm Reduction International monitored prison decongestion measures adopted around the world between March and June 2020 in response to COVID-19, and found evidence of such schemes in 109 countries. Looking at the cumulative effect of COVID-19-related schemes, we observe that in total, they reduced the global prison population by less than 6%, as of 24 June 2020. This falls significantly short of expectations and the significant political commitments made in the name of public health. Source: HRI