When Pretrial Justice Fails
On any given day, at least three million people are held in pre-trial detention. People living in poverty are more likely to be disproportionately affected by it: they are more likely to be jailed before a trial, and less likely to be able to make bail, access legal advice, or pay bribes for their release. They are also more likely to be given longer or disproportionate sentences.
This factsheet aims to show why pre-trial justice is an important factor to consider in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and recommends that more data, in addition to the percentage of the total prison population, be incorporated into the current pretrial detention indicator and taken into account when assessing progress towards access to justice for all.
All these aspects affect proper access to justice and the state of rule of law in any given country, as well as potentially achieving other goals in the scope of the Agenda 2030.
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