JUSTICE TRENDS Magazine No. 9 is out now: Pretrial detention in the spotlight José Santos October 18, 2022

JUSTICE TRENDS Magazine No. 9 is out now: Pretrial detention in the spotlight

JUSTICE TRENDS Magazine just published another issue exploring the world of prison and probation through exclusive and thoughtful interviews with key figures in the justice sector. Readers can count also on article contributions from renowned international experts and several noteworthy practices worldwide. The new JUSTICE TRENDS Magazine edition spotlights the issue of the pretrial detention measure.

In-depth looks into featured Justice Systems

This edition’s cover interview features Anne Precythe, the President of the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA), and Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections, USA. In this conversation, Director Precythe shares Missouri’s strategy to prioritise staff well-being and leadership development aiming at building safer prisons dedicated to change.
As CLA’s President, Ms. Precythe tells us more about their mission, and how the Association is seeking to share knowledge and best practices among its members across the US and beyond.

JUSTICE TRENDS Magazine No. 9 also includes exclusive interviews with the leaders of the Irish and the Romanian Prison Services and the Czech Probation and Mediation Service. Each interview seeks to highlight the challenges, solutions, and progress in the penitentiary field, across jurisdictions with different approaches.

Furthermore, Judge Luís Lanfredi, Deputy Judge of the Presidency of the National Council of Justice in Brazil details the challenges and results of the implementation of Arraignment Hearings in the country.

In another interview, Judge José Lopes da Mota from the Supreme Court of Justice of Portugal explores the Portuguese and European legal framework surrounding pretrial detention.

Lastly, the piece focusing on Fair Trials Global CEO, Norman L. Reimer, delves into the organisation’s role as an international watchdog in the Criminal Justice sector, and how it contributes to limiting pretrial detention overuse.

Pretrial detention (over)use – a global concern


All this edition’s interviews fit into a special focus revolving around pretrial detention.

A detailed background article introduces the concerning pretrial detention numbers in Europe and around the world, the associated consequences, and the progress made so far in limiting its use as a last resort.

In an Experts’ Panel, relevant international guests and current interviewees share their opinion on the topic. The Panel includes contributions from Judge José Igreja Matos, President of the International Union of Judges, Walter Hammerschick, Deputy Head of the Department of Applied Sociology of Law and Criminology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), and Ioan Durnescu, Professor at the University of Bucharest and Co-editor of the European Journal of Probation.

Expanding on the theme of pretrial detention, the Magazine showcases a collection of Noteworthy Practices worldwide that have an impact on reducing incarceration – especially pretrial – and is supporting the accused during the pretrial period.

These case study-like pieces feature the cases of Brazil, Ireland, Nigeria, Canada (Toronto), EUA (New York city), and Australia (New South Wales).

Innovative solutions: Digital Transformation, Risk-assessment, Radicalisation Prevention, and Drug Addiction


The articles in JUSTICE TRENDS No. 9 explore a wide range of topics where new initiatives and technology are changing prison and probation.

On the topic of Digital Transformation, the magazine includes a piece from Patricia O’Hagan (Core Systems) who shares a practical case example of how the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of new technology that contributed to operational success.

Mike Sparling from MHS Public Safety argues that this sudden change also brought some new challenges in managing an array of different systems, and offers solutions to optimise these digital workflows.

In another story, Silas Deane (Tyler Technologies) shares how the implementation of cloud-based technology improved the lives of correctional officers and inmates at the Morgan County Jail in the USA).

Josep García Coll, researcher in Radicalisation and Violent Extremism Prevention at the Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies, and Pedro Liberado CRO and Radicalisation, Violent Extremism and Organised Crime Portfolio Coordinator at IPS author a piece on the evidence-based approach to dealing with radicalisation in the pretrial setting. To support this approach, they present the MIRAD project, tailored to respond to the need for interagency cooperation and professional training in the field.

Simon Bonk (Telio) writes an insightful article on technology-driven prison education, and how it can break the cycle of incarceration for younger generations.

Francis Toye (Unilink) writes about the implementation of medication distribution lockers in prisons, a solution that is saving time for medical staff and inmates themselves.

Judge Jorn Dangreau and Prosecutor Annemie Serlippens explain the origin and the working of the Ghent Drug Treatment Court, designed to provide a new solution to manage and support accused with drug addiction issues.

Lastly, the history and the state of affairs in regard to Risk Assessment in corrections is the theme thoroughly explored by Dr Larry Motiuk in his contribution.

The full 9th edition of JUSTICE TRENDS is available online, growing the Magazine’s already extensive archive that collects the content from all previous editions. Joining the Magazine’s mailing list is free and ensures a detailed notification newsletter when new issues are published.