Category Archives: Prison System

AIN participa a la alianza “Mujeres, Políticas de Drogas y Encarcelamiento”

AIN está orgulloso a pertenecer a la alianza, “Mujeres, Políticas de Drogas y Encarcelamiento.” Esta iniciativa pretende dar a conocer la penalización de drogas y el impacto desproporcionado sobre las mujeres, y abogar por políticas de justicia y drogas más sensatas.

Para obtener más información sobre esta iniciativa, visite la oficina de WOLA en el sitio web a continuación.

Echa un vistazo a la siguiente infografía para tener una pequeña visión general sobre las mujeres, el encarcelamiento, y las drogas en Bolivia: read more

AIN Joins Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration Project

AIN is excited to be contributing to the coalition on Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas. This initiative seeks to highlight the disproportionate impact drug criminalization has on women, and advocate for more sensible criminal justice and drug policies.

To learn more about the initiative, visit the Washington Office on Latin America’s website below:

Check out the following Infographic for a brief overview of women, incarceration, and drugs in Bolivia: read more

UNODC Conference Highlights Situation of Incarcerated Women in Bolivia

 “The Politics of Drug Control, Women and Incarceration” Conference held Monday in La Paz by The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)  highlighted the disproportionate impact of drug related charges on vulnerable women in Latin America. As a panelist, AIN’s Kathryn Ledebur presented a report by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and other partners on Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration. Kathryn Ledebur and the UNODC’s Representative for Bolivia, Antonino De Leo, advised that the new drug control law in Bolivia (replacing the outdated Law 1008) include more proportionate sentencing and alternatives to incarceration for low level drug crimes. read more

Bolivian Political and Social Landscape: Primer for Pending Presidential Elections

As the presidential campaigns gain momentum, AIN outlines the political and social landscape in Bolivia to provide background to understand upcoming electoral debates.

President Evo Morales is running for a third term in the October 12, 2014 elections.  Critics argue he is not eligible to run for another consecutive term, but the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal ruled in his favor, and the opposition across the political spectrum lacks a strong, unifying candidate.  Four candidates have formally registered to run against Morales. read more

AIN’s Director on Bolivia Update Podcast

Listen to AIN’s director Kathryn Ledebur on journalist Sara Shahriari’s Bolivia Update Podcast talking about overcrowding in Bolivian prisons.

September 15, 2013

This week La Paz protests a supposed population decrease, the US criticizes Bolivia’s anti-narcotics efforts, and we talk with Kathryn Ledebur of the Andean Information Network about Bolivia’s struggle to deal with overcrowding in prisons.

Bolivian Prison Deaths Highlight Flaws in Judicial and Penitentiary Systems [with VIDEO]

Please take a look into the life of nonviolent drug inmates in Bolivian jails in this video clip [El Mario – Las Cárceles de Bolivia], developed in collaboration with Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw of Cocaine Prison.

On September 11, 2013, President Morales signed a pardon decree designed to benefit between 1,000-2,000 inmates.  The Bolivian congress must still approve the measure. (AIN will post a summary and analysis of the decree soon.)  The pardon decree was a response to an August 23rd riot-turned-fire that killed 35 people in Palmasola prison, including a small child.  A small group of prisoners from the maximum-security block of this Santa Cruz prison attacked other inmates, using kitchen propane tanks as flamethrowers.  Fire spread in the prison, leaving many dead and 58 people with 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns over most of their bodies. read more

Wall Street Journal Warps Impact of American’s Arrest in Bolivia

The Wall Street Journal’s recent article from August 1st, “Jailed American’s Drug Case Stokes Tension With Bolivia,” fails to acknowledge the many discrepancies in the Ostreicher case, dramatically exaggerates the effect the case has had on Bolivian-US relations, and contrives false connections between Ostreicher’s case and other drug-related cases.  Prolonged pretrial detention and harsh conditions take a dramatic toll on prisoners and their families.  However, the fact that Ostreicher is imprisoned under a law that the US pressured Bolivia to pass is noticeably absent in the article’s extensive discussion of US-Bolivian relations and the drug war.  (Please see the AIN report, “Ostreicher Case: US-Imposed Legislation Still Dictates Drug Prosecutions.”) read more