Vinicius was a teenager when he was arrested for a robbery on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Just hours after his arrest he was dead. His mother, Indaià, was told by the police that her son had fallen ill. The marks on his body told a different story.
Deaths like this are not aberrations. Beatings and other torture are common—even routine—in many detention facilities around the the world. Those most vulnerable are pretrial detainees—people who have not been tried or found guilty of any crime.
The Open Society Justice Initiative is spearheading a Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice. We are documenting the costs of excessive and unnecessary pretrial detention. We are helping governments develop bail and supervision systems that can make pretrial detention an exception, and not the rule.