The Tunisian women locked up for smoking a joint

BBC News

This article discusses Tunisia's anti-drug laws that mandate automatic, one-year sentences, which has led to overcrowded prisons and separation of families. The author describes recent encounters with imprisoned women, including some who were imprisoned for smoking marijuana. 

One of these women, Arouseya Mezouzi, is a mother of three who is now separated from her children. The children have been placed in an orphanage during her three-week imprisonment. 

Within one such prison, a new facility provides a "safer space" for incarcerated mothers who have their children with them and for prisoners who are pregnant.