Access to Pretrial Justice
Open Society Voices
The extended pretrial detention of juveniles should be a seldom-used measure of last resort, not the sadly common practice it is today.
A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June has reinforced the principle that the authorities must protect prisoners in pretrial detention from the threat of violence.
Timap for Justice sent community-based paralegals into police stations in Sierra Leone. The result? Around half the people they helped were released on bail; more than a quarter saw charges dropped altogether.