Lost in the Justice System: Children in conflict with the law in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

A report that sheds light on the issue of children who come into conflict with the law. Many children are simply dropping through the cracks, or disappearing into a ‘twilight zone’. By that the report refers to children who are arrested, then held in pre-trial detention. It is called the twilight zone because of the legal ambiguities concerning this phase of the justice process and the dire lack of knowledge and hard data about these children – the numbers, the duration of their stay, and the conditions they face. It reveals that the juvenile justice systems in many parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are not serving children or society well, and in many instances cannot fairly claim to be delivering justice

Published 2011-09-02