We contribute knowledge and conduct advocacy in the design and application of public policies related to the judicial system and the protection of Constitutional and legal rights.
We produce qualitative and quantitative research about access to justice, criminal justice and prison policies, reforms to the justice system and police activities. We pay particular attention to the protection of populations that are vulnerable because of their gender, race, socio-economic status or geographic location.
The Civil Society Follow-Up Commission Regarding Sentence T-399 (2013) is a body in which people and organizations participate to follow up holistically on the “Unconstitutional State of Things” as determined by the Constitutional Court with regard to prisons and jails. This Commission presented its second report to the Constitutional Court in January, 2017.
The report refers to prison overcrowding, to impacts on health and personal integrity as well as to situations that especially affect women and the LGBT population who are deprived of liberty.
The Commission calls for effective guarantees of the rights of the population deprived of liberty, and requests the implementation of thoughtful and coherent criminal policies, rather than populist and reactive policies.
Dejusticia has carried out research on the Police, made public policy recommendations and critically analyzed the new Police Code. Our analysis has led to the filing of unconstitutionality claims and interventions before the Constitutional Court.
In addition to research and litigation, we have written articles and op-eds on the Police Code.
For more information on our work related to the Police Code, click here