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“The first time I entered a juvenile prison in Latin America, I was shocked how many of the kids were waiting months and months to see a judge. Most have no hope of being released for years. When they are finally released, they go back to their communities with no support system. Lagging behind in school with no work skills, they have few options. Locking up kids for petty offenses actually makes crime worse in the long run as lives are needlessly thrown away… “

In 2013, Douglas Keillor is a human rights attorney. In 2012, Douglas moved to Mexico City as a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Fellow to research juvenile detention. In 2013, he founded Juvenile Justice Advocates International.

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From the 9th to the 13th of August, the second section of the course “Basic Tools for Juvenile Detention Centers” was held. During this course various actors who intervene in the juvenile justice system participated, such as detention center director, probation supervisors, as well as civil society organizations that provide services for youth in the […]

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Assessing COVID19 procedures in youth detention in Mexico

JJAI released the first results of our COVID19 monitoring in the first monthly call with authorities. The COVID19 Monitoring evaluates the preventative measures implemented during the pandemic youth detention. The directors of the participating detention centers and the members of the inter-institutional team joined JJAI via Zoom. The initial report evaluated the use proper documentation […]

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