Studies, Reviews and Research

Building Alternatives: Supporting Afghan women and children in conflict with the law

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Samuel Hall,Street Child

This research report highlights the depth and breadth of the challenges facing the Afghan justice system both in terms of utilising alternatives to detention and incarceration, and in the system more broadly. It demonstrates the value of these approaches despite their challenges – in line with research worldwide on how alternatives to detention can facilitate positive impacts for persons in conflict with the law in terms of rehabilitation and reintegration.

Alternatives to detention and incarceration are a critical step to protect child rights and create better outcomes for women and children in conflict with the law. In the Afghan context as in others, they can have great positive impacts at individual, community and societal levels.

Based on the findings in this report, the authors recommend continued commitment to using alteratives to detention for women and children in conflict with the law. 

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