PRI supports the Open Society Justice Initiative’s Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice.
The campaign aims to reduce the high numbers of suspects and defendants held in pre-trial detention – estimated to be around 3.3 million people on any given day. It also seeks to increase access to legal aid and assistance, to people who cannot afford legal representation.
The campaign promotes early access to legal aid to facilitate bail applications and preparation of cases for court hearings. It also promotes the sharing of information and good practice between countries and regions to demonstrate that change is possible.
The campaign publishes a number of useful resources, which examine the many negative consequences of high levels of pre-trial detention and limited access to justice, including: the impact of pre-trial detention on socio-economic development and on health, the relationship between pre-trial detention and corruption, and on the risk of torture.
Click here for a full list of campaign resources.