Chihuahua, Mexico is a state full of contradictions. On one hand, Chihuahua has more than any other state in Mexico, embraced criminal justice reforms that both enhance security and improve the human rights, transparency and efficiency of its adult and juvenile criminal justice systems. On the other hand, Chihuahua has suffered more violence than most states in Mexico since 2006.
In 2015, we were invited to the state of Chihuahua to learn about their advances in criminal justice reforms and propose our joint Alternatives to Detention Project. Juvenile Justice Advocates is working to reduce time to trial, systematize the application of pretrial release, and implement monitoring to improve the conditions of detention.
The project began implementation in 2016 with support from UNICEF-México.