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Catalina Pérez Correa

Catalina Pérez Correa received her Law Degree from the Instituto Teconológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), her master’s degree (JSM) from the Stanford Programme in International Legal Studies (SPILS) at the Stanford University Law School in California and her doctorate (JSD) also from the Stanford University Law School. During her doctorate she studied Mexican criminal procedure from an empirical and interdisciplinary perspective, focusing primarily on the study of criminal prosecution and investigation practices in Mexico City. She is currently a professor of law and researcher at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE, in Mexico.

Her research focuses on the study of legal procedures and practices from a sociological and anthropological perspectives, specializing in the functioning of the criminal justice system; the justifications for and costs of criminal punishment (namely the use of prisons), the relation between the legitimacy of criminal justice institutions and compliance with the law and drug policy. She recently headed the first survey of Mexican federal prisons, CIDE, 2012 and the first survey on families of inmates in Mexico City and the state of Morelos.

She is a member of the Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD,, a group of scholars that studies the impact of current drug policies throughout Latin America, and collaborates with the Drug Policy Program at CIDE.