Chart Of The Day

May 15 2013 @ 10:59am

Drug And Murder Sentences

Julie Turkewitz flags a recent report:

For years, Latin American governments have been dishing out increasingly harsh punishments to people convicted of drug-related crimes, including those convicted of low-level offenses—possession of, say, 50 grams of marijuana. While anecdotal evidence has often pointed toward this pattern, a new study conducted by Dejusticia, a Colombian research and advocacy group, documents this trend and comes to a harsh conclusion: “In three of the seven countries surveyed, drug trafficking garnered longer maximum and minimum penalties than murder.” In all countries studied, “the maximum penalty for drug trafficking is nearly equal to or, in most cases, greater than the maximum for rape.”

(Chart created by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). Check out their Border Fact Check blog, which separates fact from fiction on border security issues.)