Justice For All: Reducing Preventive Detention in Haiti
The use of preventive pre-trial detention creates gross injustices. There are inmates who have already spent two or three years in jail awaiting judgment, for offenses for which they would only be sentenced to six months in prison if found guilty.
Providing legal aid would speed up access to justice. This would be fair, and it would save the government money.
A new paper released today, written by Dr. Jimmy Verne of the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation, analyzes this situation and proposes extending the coverage of the legal aid service, so it is available nationwide.