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Illusions clouding decision-making: how the justice system fails to understand the illicit drug market

Guilherme Mendes de Paiva, Luiz and de Oliveira Carlos, Juliana (2019) Illusions clouding decision-making: how the justice system fails to understand the illicit drug market. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 1 (2). pp. 220-225. ISSN 2516-7227

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Abstract

This paper reviews some of the main research on drug law enforcement in Brazil since the 2006 Drug Law came into force, noting a clear and constant pattern of police and judicial focus directed at retail drug trafficking, decisively impacting current incarceration rates. It then examines the lack of understanding of the actual functioning of illicit drug markets by the criminal justice system, leading to judicial decisions not only ineffective for its declared purposes, but also counterproductive in terms of controlling illicit economies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://jied.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 15:51
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 23:16
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101205

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