The report presents data from fifty-one European and Central Asian countries and is the first to calculate the total number of females in prisons on drug offences in Europe and Central Asia. It provides an analysis of developments related to women drug offending and the criminal justice system in Europe and Central Asia, and also largely focuses on numbers of women convicted for drug offending (violation of drug laws) that are in prisons.
Some of the major findings from the report are that in some countries such as Latvia and Tajikistan, more than half of female prisoners are imprisoned for non-violent drug offences. Moreover, in Russia, almost 20 000 women are imprisoned for drugs, which is more than double the amount of women in prison in the countries of the European Union combined.
Harm Reduction International is one of the leading international non-governmental organisations promoting policies and practices that reduce the harms from psychoactive substances, harms that include not only the increased vulnerability to HIV and hepatitis C infection among people who use drugs, but also the negative social, health, economic and criminal impacts of drug laws and policies on individuals, communities and society.