Stevens, Alex and Hughes, Caitlin (2010) What can we learn from the Portuguese decriminalization of illicit drugs? The British Journal of Criminology, 50 (6). pp. 999-1022. ISSN 1464-3529.
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The issue of decriminalizing illicit drugs is hotly debated, but is rarely subject to evidence-based analysis. This paper examines the case of Portugal, a nation that decriminalized the use and possession of all illicit drugs on 1 July 2001. Drawing upon independent evaluations and interviews conducted with 13 key stakeholders in 2007 and 2009, it critically analyses the criminal justice and health impacts against trends from neighbouring Spain and Italy. It concludes that contrary to predictions, the Portuguese decriminalization did not lead to major increases in drug use. Indeed, evidence indicates reductions in problematic use, drug-related harms and criminal justice overcrowding. The article discusses these developments in the context of drug law debates and criminological discussions on late modern governance.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||decriminalization, Portugal, drug, policy, legislation|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug use and miuse|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research|
|Depositing User:||Taryn Duhig|
|Date Deposited:||18 Jul 2012 13:20|
|Last Modified:||27 Jul 2012 09:40|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29910 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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