Children in Pretrial Detention:

Promoting Stronger International Time Limits

When a child is waiting months or years in detention to see a judge or have a case resolved, what is the shortest possible period of time?

This is the first international report, surveying 118 countries, dedicated to understanding how long children spend in pretrial detention and how practitioners, advocates, civil society and the international human rights community can adopt better practices and standards to protect children waiting in prison.

Reducing Length of Child Pretrial Detention

Watch our live webinar from May 20th, 2019 on starting a global movement to reduce the time children spend in pretrial detention. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Bart Lubow, Aímee Burdgorf, Research Specialist at the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, Yannick van den Brink Assistant Professor of Child Law at Leiden University and Juvenile Justice Advocates International’s founder Douglas Keillor discuss the challenges and emerging trends to reduce case processing time so that children are truly detained for the “shortest possible period of time.”

2020 Impact Report

In 2019-2020, JJAI continued to fight for youth in detention. The start of the global novel coronavirus pandemic made our work more difficult, but opened doors to help even more children in the justice systems around Latin America.