The Pre-trial Detention “Crisis” in Europe: The Causes and the Cure

Pre-trial detention persists as a chronic human rights issue in Europe, with an estimated one in every four prisoners being retained on remand (in other words, before final conviction).

This is an average estimate; the figures vary significantly between the countries – from 11 per cent in the Czech Republic to 42 per cent in Italy. (Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in his latest Human Rights Comment published on 18/08/2011).

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