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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time Limits on Pretrial Detention of Children

International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC)University of Minnesota Human Rights Center and Juvenile Justice Advocates International (JJAI) have posted Children in Pretrial Detention: Promoting Stronger International Time Limits (A Collaborative Project with Juvenile Justice Advocates International and the University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Center) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This report urges state actors, civil society, and international bodies to recognize that reducing the duration of pretrial detention for children is an urgent priority. While significant research, documentation, and promising practices exist for monitoring detention conditions and implementing alternatives to detention, there is a gap in research on the duration of child pretrial detention. This report attempts to fill this gap. It summarizes existing literature on the negative impacts of pretrial detention on children, and examines existing international and regional human rights standards and recommendations on the topic. Its perhaps most significant contribution is the documentation of existing international and regional human rights standards or court-imposed time limits for child pretrial detention across 118 countries. The report offers recommendations for international, regional, and national human rights bodies to adopt that will significantly reduce the amount of time children spend deprived of liberty while awaiting adjudication.

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