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Thursday, March 17, 2005

ACLU Report: U.S. Drug Laws Harm Women

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- America's war on drugs is inflicting deep and disproportionate harm on women _ most of them mothers _ who are filling prisons in ever-rising numbers despite their typically minor roles in drug rings, the American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups contend in a major new report.

The report, "Caught in the Net," is being released Thursday as the focus of a two-day national conference in New York, bringing together criminal justice officials, sentence-reform activists and other experts to consider its package of proposed legislative and policy changes. The report recommends expansion of treatment programs geared toward women, says incarceration should be a last resort, and urges more vigorous efforts to maintain ties between imprisoned mothers and their children.


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