Decriminalization in History

Historical Events

  • 1997-05-01 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality
  • 2017-01-31 Romanian government passes emergency decree to release prisoners and decriminalise corruption charges, triggering huge protests in Bucharest
  • 2018-09-27 India's Supreme Court rules overturns 158-year old rule, section 497, decriminalizing adultery because it was discriminatory against women
  • 2018-10-17 Australian state of Queensland decriminalizes abortion
  • 2019-05-07 Denver is the first US city to decriminalize psilocybin "magic mushrooms"
  • 2019-06-11 Botswana overturns law criminalizing same-sex relationships from colonial-era in landmark African LGBTQ case
  • 2019-09-25 Oaxaca becomes the second Mexican state to decriminalize abortion, during the first 12 weeks
  • 2019-09-26 Abortion is decriminalized in New South Wales, the last remaining Australian state to do so