Topic: Criminal Justice


How a Legal Aid Program is Tackling the Crisis of Nigeria’s Overcrowded Prisons

In Nigeria, the overuse of pretrial detentions has placed a crushing burden on the justice system and the nation's overcrowded jails. That's where the Police Duty Solicitors Scheme, a legal aid program that has helped over 15,000 suspects, comes in.

March 16, 2020 | Chidi Odinkalu & Stanley Ibe
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Q&A: How a System to Document Police Stops Improved Policing in Fuenlabrada, Spain

Police inspector and criminal justice expert David Martín Abánades shares his insights on the implementation of a new system to collect data on police stops in Fuenlabrada, Spain.

March 13, 2020
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New Report Takes Stock of Court Reparations Rulings across Latin America

Courts across Latin America have developed innovative approaches to the challenge of delivering reparations to the victims of violence. A new report outlines lessons learned.

November 20, 2019 | Masha Lisitsyna & Adriana Garcia Garcia
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Case Watch: UN Finds Mexico Responsible for Man’s Disappearance, Relies on Witness’s Word

There are more than 40,000 people who are missing in Mexico. One family’s journey to find out what happened to their son could help others seeking justice.

October 28, 2019 | Natasha Arnpriester & Juan Carlos Gutierrez
Mother holding sign of disappeared son

Almost a Decade after his Death, Sergei Magnitsky Gets a Measure of Justice

The ruling from Europe's human rights court validates the underlying rationale for the laws adopted by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and some other countries to impose sanctions on designated individuals implicated in gross human rights abuses.

August 27, 2019 | Aryeh Neier
The tombstone at the grave of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky at a cemetery in Moscow, Russia, on November 16, 2012.

Q&A: Mothers Are Leading the Search for Mexico’s Missing People

Mexico continues to break records for its rates of deadly violence and disappearances, but criminal accountability remains virtually absent. A group of mothers in the state of Coahuila have taken up their own fight for truth and justice.

August 22, 2019
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To Strengthen the Rule of Law, Protect the Independence of Prosecutors

The case of Laura Codruţa Kövesi at the European Court of Human Rights underlines the importance of prosecutorial independence in protecting the rule of law.

July 10, 2019 | Maïté De Rue
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Volunteer Lawyers Give New Direction to Nigerian Legal Aid Initiative

In the town of Ikorodu, local lawyers are delivering free legal aid to detainees within 48 hours of arrest and joining an effort to steer people charged with nonviolent crimes away from unnecessary detention.

February 13, 2019 | Stanley Ibe
Three men in a police station

When It Comes to Race, European Justice Is Not Blind

A new survey of 12 EU member countries shows that how people are treated by the police and the courts often depends on their race or ethnic background.

December 04, 2018 | Zaza Namoradze & Irmina Pacho

Ending Racial Bias in Police Stop and Search

Despite recent reforms, police in the UK continue to unfairly target people of color when using stop and search. A new report should be a wake-up call to those who still defend this failed, counterproductive policy.

October 23, 2018 | Rebekah Delsol
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Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing. It’s Time for a New Vision of Reform

Human rights advocates, as well as a diverse collection of artists and policymakers, are calling on the government to seek international support in order to reinvigorate a discredited justice system.

May 04, 2018 | Christian De Vos
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Nigeria’s Legal Aid Lawyers Win Police Recognition

A legal aid scheme that targets Nigeria’s excessive use of pretrial detention is primed to expand across the country.

September 28, 2017 | Stanley Ibe
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Case Watch: European Rights Court Lags on Access to Legal Counsel for Criminal Suspects

A ruling from Europe's human rights court failed to reinforce a growing consensus on the right of suspects in police custody to be guaranteed early access to legal counsel.

May 22, 2017 | Marina Ilminska

How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability

Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.

February 21, 2017 | Adriana García & Mercedes Melon
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A Victory in France in the Struggle against Racial Bias in Policing

A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.

November 14, 2016 | Lanna Hollo

The European Union Embraces a Common Approach to Legal Aid

A new directive establishes minimum standards on legal aid, and caps a successful effort to standardize criminal justice procedures across member states.

October 19, 2016 | Zaza Namoradze

Case Watch: Justice Sotomayor Highlights Impact of Biased Policing

A Supreme Court justice’s arguments make for powerful reading, given the troubled state of relations between the police and African American communities across the country.

August 22, 2016 | Michael Youhana

Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico

Mexico faces a deep national crisis of atrocity and impunity: extraordinary action is needed to address these crimes, and to strengthen the criminal justice system.

June 07, 2016 | Eric Witte
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New Guidelines Seek to Humanize Africa’s Justice Systems

A push to reform pretrial detention standards in Africa could change not only policies and practices, but attitudes as well.

April 25, 2016 | Stanley Ibe
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Raising the Profile of Pretrial Detention in Africa

Many of the continent’s prison systems are in a state of crisis, burdened with overcrowding and an inability or unwillingness to protect the human rights of prisoners.

April 21, 2016 | Marina Ilminska & Martin Schoenteich
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