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About Rubens Casara

State Court Judge
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"The 'war on drugs' has created a lack of respect for the law."

Rubens Casara
Rubens Casara has served as a judge in the State Court of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil since 2001. He currently presides in the 43rd criminal court. Also a professor, he teaches procedural criminal law at the Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets and the Extension course on Public Security at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Before he was a judge, Rubens was a public defender.

Having worked as a criminal judge for more than ten years, Rubens has seen both the failure of the anti-drug policy and its perversely unintended consequences up close. Over the years, he observed that the violence surrounding the sale of drugs is the result of the ban on them. This violence, he explains, has caused the deaths of many young people, especially the poor and excluded, whether in confrontations with the police, summary executions, or conflicts with other young people involved in drug dealing. He saw the young people who manage to survive end up in the criminal justice system, which in his opinion functions in large part as an approver of public policies that reproduce inequality and authoritarianism.

Having come to understand that prohibition ultimately causes greater harm than illegal drugs, when Rubens found LEAP in 2009, he identified with its principles and proposals. He says he joined LEAP because it is a space for dialogue and struggle to overcome the harmful policy of prohibition and achieve the necessary legalization of all drugs.

Having come to understand that prohibition ultimately causes greater harm than illegal drugs, when Rubens found LEAP in 2009, he identified with its principles and proposals. He says he joined LEAP because it is a space for dialogue and struggle to overcome the harmful policy of prohibition and achieve the necessary legalization of all drugs.

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