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Revista Criminalidad

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ARIZA, Libardo José; TAMAYO ARBOLEDA, Fernando León  and  CIPRIAN NIEVES, Hernán. Hardship at Home: Domestic Incarceration of Women Detained due to Drug-related Crimes in Medellín. Rev. Crim. [online]. 2020, vol.62, n.3, pp.147-158.  Epub Dec 04, 2020. ISSN 1794-3108.

This article is the result of research performed in the El Pedregal prison during 2018. In this text, we sustain that violence, poverty and social exclusion, which condition the imprisonment of women detained due to crimes related to drug trafficking not only affect the inmates' social reinsertion process, but pose significant challenges to ensuring the purposes of the penalty when they are domestic penalties or measures. These difficulties keep the home, in its current state, as an alternative mechanism to intramural penalties, from having the capacity to perform the functions assigned to it, such as facilitating resocialization, reducing recidivism and decreasing the negative effects of imprisonment. For this reason, we maintain that it is not only necessary to strengthen the institutional system aimed at supervising women in said condition, but to provide comprehensive attention that allows women incarcerated at home to overcome conditions of marginality.

Keywords : Penalty replacement; non-institutional treatment; alternatives to prison; women; illegal drug trafficking; (source: Latin American Criminal Policy Thesaurus - ILANUD); Penal alternatives; drug trafficking; (source: autor).

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