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Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Pretrial Justice and Paralegals in Sierra Leone

The majority of Sierra Leone's prison population is in pretrial detention. To reduce the numbers, a local NGO is piloting a prorgam that provides early legal assistance to criminal defendants.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Factsheet PTD Sierra Leone 02142013.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Pretrial Detention and Corruption

Locking up prisoners for extended periods while awaiting trial feeds corruption; bribes are needed for food and water, for blankets and even to see a lawyer.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Factsheet PTD Corruption 02142013.pdf
Fact Sheet

The UN Guidelines and Principles on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems

Five reasons why the new UN Guidelines and Principles on Legal Aid are groundbreaking and progressive.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: factsheet-un-principles-guidelines-20130213.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Improving Pretrial Justice in Africa

Organizations across the region are working to combat excessive pretrial detention. Find out where and how.

October 2012
First page of PDF with filename: factsheet-gcptj-africa-10262012.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: The Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice

We seek to document what happens when pretrial justice systems fail, and to develop and share cost-effective ways to get them working.

October 2012
First page of PDF with filename: factsheet-gcptj-overview.10262012.pdf
Briefing Paper

The Global Legal Empowerment Initiative

The UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor estimates that four billion people live outside the protection of the law. The Open Society Foundations are working to strengthen and expand access to the law for all.

September 2012
First page of PDF with filename: glei-description-092712.pdf
Report

Improving Pretrial Justice: The Roles of Lawyers and Paralegals

This report looks at the positive impact that early intervention by lawyers and paralegals can have on pretrial justice and provides a guide to the ways in which lawyer and paralegal schemes can be set up.

April 2012 | Ed Cape
First page of PDF with filename: improving-pretrial-justice-20120416.pdf
Report

Pretrial Detention and Health: Unintended Consequences, Deadly Results

This report, aimed at health professionals, looks at the sometimes disastrous health impacts of the excessive use of pretrial detention.

November 2011
First page of PDF with filename: ptd-health-20111103.pdf
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