Topic: Criminal Justice
The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention in Sierra Leone
A report on the costs of pretrial detention in Sierra Leone, based on a random survey of 128 adults held in three prisons.
Case Watch: Politics, Justice, and Article 18
The European Court of Human Rights seldom rules on Article 18 of the European Convention. But several recent high profile cases have brought it into the spotlight.
Africa Moves Ahead on Pretrial Detention Guidelines
A new initiative recognizes the need to address the drivers of excessive and arbitrary pretrial detention that aggravate prison overcrowding.
Case Watch: Retention of Fingerprints Violates Right to Respect for Private Life
The European Court has ruled that French authorities violated the right to respect for private life when they retained fingerprints in a government database after a suspect was acquitted.
Legal Tools: An Arrest Rights Toolkit for Lawyers
The first hours after arrest are crucial. If suspects don’t have access to basic criminal defense, they’re left vulnerable. A new resource aims to assist lawyers, police, and judges to advocate for arrest rights in Europe.
Legal Tools: Early Access to Justice in Europe
Part of a toolkit on arrest rights in Europe, this “template brief” from the Open Society Justice Initiative provides lawyers with arguments and research to support litigation in domestic courts.
Legal Tools: Arrest Rights and the Right to Information
Part of a toolkit on arrest rights in Europe, this “template brief” from the Open Society Justice Initiative provides lawyers with research on the right of suspects to obtain information during criminal proceedings.
Legal Tools: Right to Legal Aid
Part of a toolkit on arrest rights in Europe, this “template brief” from the Open Society Justice Initiative provides lawyers with research on the right to legal aid for suspects and accused persons.
Legal Tools: International Standards on Criminal Defense Rights
This case digest sets out relevant extracts of the ICCPR and summaries of all of the key case law interpreting those standards by the Human Rights Committee.
Legal Tools: European Standards on Criminal Defense Rights
This case digest covers all of the core procedural rights that underpin access to justice and a fair trial. It summarizes all key case law from the European Court of Human Rights.
Viewed with Suspicion: Twenty Years after Stephen Lawrence
The Lawrence legacy of police reform isn’t complete. It requires action that recognises the human costs of stop and search—action that finally accounts for those on the receiving end.
Viewed with Suspicion: The Human Cost of Stop and Search in England and Wales
How does it feel to bear the brunt of police profiling? The Open Society Justice Initiative conducted interviews with nine people whose lives have been directly affected by stop and search.
Why a Piecemeal Approach to Criminal Justice Reform in Nigeria Won’t Work
On the surface, a proposal that could free people held in prolonged prerial detention in Nigeria looks good, but it won’t deliver genuine reform of a dysfunctional system.
Case Watch: Hungary Now Requires Real Opportunity to Access a Lawyer
Most countries have legislation stating that all people arrested by the police have the right to see a lawyer before they are interrogated. But law and practice are often very different things. Consider the case of Hungary.
Case Watch: European Court Recognizes a Mother’s Suffering as Inhuman Treatment
In a recent decision, the court took an unprecedented step in recognizing how excessive pretrial detention carries repercussions beyond the holding cells.
High Stakes in Mexico’s Choice on Justice System Reform
New justice reforms could help reduce overcrowding in Mexico’s state prisons, but only if the changes include an effective system for managing pretrial release.
Justice 2015: How Justice Impacts Development
Justice is recognized by scholars, practitioners, and governments as having a positive effect on development. This fact sheet outlines how support for justice has aided progress on the current Millennium Development Goals.
Justice 2015: Justice Plays a Fundamental Role in Eliminating Poverty
Justice is out of reach for too many people, taking a toll on development. This fact sheet makes the case for including a justice goal in the post-2015 development agenda.
Immigration Crackdown in Stockholm Provokes Pushback
Police in Stockholm have been accused of ethnic profiling as they step up identity checks; activists have responded by using social media to track police movements.
Making Headway with Pretrial Justice
The provision of effective pretrial justice has in the past not received the attention it merits from both governments and international aid donors. But there are encouraging signs of change.