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Women in Prison: the Impact of Drug Trafficking Regulations

Luz María Puente Aba, from the University of A Coruña, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Traditional and New Forms of Crime and Deviance,” under the title “Women in Prison: the Impact of Drug Trafficking Regulations”. Here is the abstract: Criminal regulations on drugs are harshly repressive, leading to a situation whereby large numbers of the prison population are serving sentences for drug trafficking. An analysis of these statistics from a gender perspective reveals that women are most affected by this policy. If we analyze the prison population from a gender perspective, we find that whereas women make up an insignificant percentage of the total, they represent a large part of the total number of sentences for drug trafficking. Furthermore, a study of the characteristics of women sentenced for these crimes allows us to trace a specific profile for this group. This gender perspective on drug traffic offenders points to one of the negative consequences of the repressive drug policy, analyzing whether penal treatment contributes to an excessive representation of the feminine gender in prisons; which gender sectors are particularly affected; and whether it calls for the creation of a special policy in the prison system.


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Further Reading

  • “Women in Prison: the Impact of Drug Trafficking Regulations”, by Luz María Puente Aba (Proceedings)

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