Pretrial Detention

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern on Tuesday over the increasing trend in violence within Venezuela’s prisons. The office called for an investigation into a clash between inmates and National Guard troops at Uribana prison in Barquisimeto last Friday that left 61 inmates dead and 120 injured.

The hemisphere's high pretrial detention rates have lasting effects on those in jail, their families and their communities—and many of them are innocent.