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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.