Category Archives: Prison System

New Photo Essay Illustrates the Devastating Impact of Punitive Drug Laws on Incarcerated Women in Bolivia

Today, the Andean Information Network (AIN) and the Washington Office on Latin America – WOLA are releasing a new photo essay in a series that sheds light on the human and social cost of current drug policies in Bolivia and across the Americas.

“Punished for Being Poor” tells the story of Nayeli, an indigenous woman incarcerated for transporting 3 kilograms of cocaine base paste.

Find the photoessay at:…/poverty-and-incarceration/

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Nuevo ensayo fotográfico ilustra el impacto devastador de políticas de drogas punitivas sobre mujeres encarceladas en Bolivia

Hoy, la Red Andina de Información (AIN, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Oficina en Washington para Asuntos Latinoamericanos (WOLA, por sus siglas en inglés) presentan un nuevo ensayo fotográfico, como parte de una serie que ilustra el costo humano y social de las actuales políticas de drogas en Bolivia y a lo largo de las Américas.

“Castigada por ser pobre” cuenta la historia de Nayeli, una mujer indígena encarcelada por transportar 3 kilos de pasta base de cocaína.

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Programa ATB “Entre justos y pecadores” explora el sistema carcelario de Bolivia

La cadena Boliviana ATB transmitió un programa el miércoles 23 de Noviembre sobre el sistema carcelario de Bolivia, la criminalización de droga por la Ley 1008 y los costos humanitarios de políticas punitivas. A través de entrevistas con líderes de la sociedad civil (incluso Kathryn Ledebur de la RAI), el reportaje explora posibles reformas penales y de la ley de droga.

Véanse el programa aquí:

ATB Television Program Explores Bolivian Prison System

Bolivian television network ATB aired an hour special on Wednesday, November 23rd exploring Bolivia’s prison system, drug criminalization under Law 1008, and the humanitarian costs of punitive policies. Through interviews with civil society leaders (including AIN’s Kathryn Ledebur) and incarcerated individuals, the program presents important  criminal justice and drug policy reforms.

Watch below in Spanish.

Bolivia Prison Report: Marginal Progress and Unwieldly Challenges

AIN logoPrison reform: Marginal Progress and Unwieldly Challenges

by Linda Farthing for the Andean Information Network*

Chronic overcrowding, largely created by an overuse of preventive detention, is endemic in Bolivia’s prison system. Most Bolivians support locking up those accused of crimes until their trials take place, believing that it serves to reduce delinquency .[1] The U.S. imposed Drug Law 1008 further exacerbates the congested conditions.

Institutional weakness of the police and judiciary further violate the rights of incarcerated populations, especially the most vulnerable: indigenous peoples, women and juveniles. Efforts by the current government (MAS – Movimiento al Socialismo) at reform have led to declines in pre-trial detention, female incarceration, and drug-related sentences. Nonetheless, police and judicial corruption, insufficient funding, and continuing public opposition to alternatives to incarceration continue to impede any improvement. read more