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Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination

Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.

December 10, 2010
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Presumption of Innocence in Mexico Project Launches Studies on Pretrial Detention

Mexico's widespread overuse of pretrial detention is costly, harmful, and ineffective. It is also unjust. To combat this problem, the Open Society Justice Initiative today launched a series of publications on pretrial justice in coordination with...

August 26, 2010
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EU Must Fix Flawed Criminal Justice Systems

Many people suspected or accused of crimes across Europe are unaware of their rights and routinely prevented from mounting an effective defense, according to an Open Society Justice Initiative report.

June 24, 2010
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Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice at UN Crime Conference

The Open Society Justice Initiative drew attention to the plight of pretrial detainees at the 12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

April 30, 2010
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New Book Examines Human Costs of Pretrial Detention in Mexico

A new book explores the human toll of pretrial detention in Mexico through the stories of people who needlessly suffer in jail, sometimes for years, while awaiting trial.

October 16, 2008
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AIDS Conference Looks at Pretrial Detention as a Public Health Issue

Two sessions at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City explored the role of pretrial detention in spreading disease.

September 10, 2008
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New Report from Turkey Finds Accused Lack Legal Representation

An empirical study of legal aid in Istanbul jointly undertaken by the Open Society Justice Initiative and Istanbul Bilgi University found that only 10 percent of criminal defendants in Istanbul are represented by a lawyer.

April 06, 2008
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Oaxaca Moves Toward Use of Pretrial Release

Judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys gathered to discuss the implementation of new reforms that allow pretrial release of prisoners at a training led by the Open Society Justice Initiative and its Mexican partner organization, Renace.

August 29, 2007
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