Access to Pretrial Justice
Open Society Voices
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.
A legal aid scheme that targets Nigeria’s excessive use of pretrial detention is primed to expand across the country.
Why are courts using pretrial detention as a first resort rather than a last one?