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Briefing Paper

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.

October 27, 2011
First page of PDF with filename: goldston-pretrial-20111027.pdf
Publication

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.

October 25, 2011
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-detention-statement-10252011.pdf
Report

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.

June 2011
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-detention-and-torture-06222011.pdf
Report

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...

February 2011
First page of PDF with filename: socioeconomic-impact-pretrial-detention-02012011.pdf
Fact Sheet

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.

December 2010
First page of PDF with filename: improving-pretrial-justice-lawyers-paralegals-20120710.pdf
Fact Sheet

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.

December 2010
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-csae-research-overview-20120710.pdf
Fact Sheet

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.

December 2010
First page of PDF with filename: ptd-health-english-20120710.pdf
Report

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.

December 2010
First page of PDF with filename: africa-retreat-summary-20101201.pdf
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