Read and download reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets from the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Pretrial Justice: Ensuring Fair Treatment for the Poor
James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, set out a range of steps needed to ensure fair treatment of the poor by national justice systems during a meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Joint Statement on Pretrial Detention in Africa
16 civil society groups called on the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights to work to end excessive use of pretrial detention.
Pretrial Detention and Torture: Why Pretrial Detainees Face the Greatest Risk
Of the nearly 10 million people detained globally, those held in pretrial detention face the most significant risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.
The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention
Approximately 10 million people per year pass through pretrial detention; many will spend months or even years behind bars—without being tried or found guilty. This report details how this global phenomenon wastes human potential and undermines...
Improving Pretrial Justice: The Role of Lawyers and Paralegals
There are many causes for the global over-use of pretrial detention, but there are also cost-effective solutions. As this fact sheet outlines, early intervention by lawyers and paralegals can have a positive impact.
A Quasi – Experimental Impact Evaluation of a Criminal Justice Paralegal Program in Sierra Leone
A pilot paralegal program launched by Timap for Justice and the Open Society Justice Initiative is providing access to justice to those detained at police stations and prisons in rural Sierra Leone.
Awaiting Care: Health Risks, Human Rights Abuses and the Need to Reform Pretrial Detention
The excessive use of pretrial detention poses a great risk to public health and human rights. And, as this fact sheet outlines, the health risks affect not only those detained but also societies at large.
Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice: Africa Regional Retreat
This report summarizes the sessions and discussions that took place at an Africa regional retreat, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, of the Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice.