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 Juvenile Justice Advocates and our partner REINTEGRA were invited to the state of Chihuahua to learn about their advances in criminal justice reforms and propose our joint Alternatives to Detention Project. REINTEGRA is working with the probation office to develop a network of local direct service organizations that can work with the court to place juveniles who would otherwise remain in detention. 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.