Drugs, Trafficking, and Criminal Justice



This chapter, using survey data, studies the role of police, the courts, and prisons in the fight against illegal drugs. Who does the police arrest? Who are the illegal drug offenders that end up before a judge? Who are the felons that ultimately serve time in prison? In short, who gets prosecuted for drug sales and trafficking? This chapter explores how the criminal justice system in Latin America deals with those who break drug laws and what effect their action has on illegal drug markets. The vast majority of those who are apprehended and incarcerated are small-time dealers who are replaced by new ones soon after their arrest. The criminal justice system has had almost no impact on the booming drug business.


Small-time Dealers Justice System Police Illegal Drug Business Drug Sales Drug Lords 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Latin American Studies on Insecurity & ViolenceNational University of Tres de FebreroBuenos AiresArgentina

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