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Publication Date: August 2008

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Author(s): Patricia Allard; Kirsten Levingston; Anjuli Verma; Namita Luthra

Topic: Social conditions (Alcohol and drug addiction and trafficking)

Keywords: Drug Policy; Women in Prison; Racial Profiling

Type: Report

Abstract:

Who ever heard of a female drug lord? As the terms kingpin and drug lord denote, men are almost always those at the head of major drug operations, and yet the rate of imprisonment of women for drug crimes has far outpaced that of men. Families and children suffer but why? Either we have turned a blind eye or we simply misunderstand womens experiences with drugs. This report begins a new dialogue and insists on answers to questions about women and drugs, and the laws and policies that should be in place.