The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention in Guinea Conakry

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In 2011, three Guinean non-governmental organizations—Mêmes Droits pour Tous Guinée, Avocats Sans Frontières Guinée and Sabou Guinée—collaborated with the Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice and UNDP to measure the socioeconomic costs of excessive pretrial detention in Guinea.

They randomly surveyed 105 adult pretrial detainees in two prisons, one in the capital city of Conakry and one in the provinces, seeking information on how their detention affected their socioeconomic position. The results, contained in this report, quantify the pernicious and wide-ranging effects of excessive pretrial detention and show how severely pretrial detention damages the socioeconomic development of detainees, their families, and communities.