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Updates from Fair Trials

Ban predictive policing
With European Digital Rights (EDRi) and 43 other civil society organisations, we have called on the EU to ban predictive policing systems in the Artificial Intelligence Act.

Predictive AI systems used in policing and criminal justice disproportionately target and discriminate against marginalised groups, infringe on fundamental rights, and reinforce structural discrimination and power imbalances. An outright ban is the only way to protect people from these fundamental harms.
Read the joint statement here

LEAP Conference
14 - 18 March | Online
Every afternoon (CET / GMT) / every morning (EST / PST)

We need to rethink our criminal justice systems.

Policing powers are expanding unchecked across Europe. States are continually relying on the deprivation of liberty to respond to societal harms. Criminal justice systems are too often the source of harm for marginalised communities, and they are not keeping societies safe.

Join us at the LEAP annual conference to discuss what needs to change and what we can do about it. Sessions include:

  • The unchecked expansion of policing powers;
  • Europe's carceral fever;
  • Pre-trial detention, vulnerability and prison conditions;
  • Training for legal professionals on coercion and defence rights violations;
  • Civil society roundtable: alternatives to criminalisation and the carceral system; and more!
Read the programme and register here

New plea bargaining brief

Around 97 percent of federal cases and 94 percent of state felony cases in the United States are resolved through plea bargaining. This system too often reinforces and worsens existing problems in the criminal legal system, including racial disparities, overcriminalisation, mass incarceration and wrongful convictions.

We have joined Fair and Just Prosecution to call on elected prosecutors to address these deep-rooted issues. Our new brief offers clear guidelines for prosecutors, as well as recommendations for systemic change, to ensure that plea bargaining does not undermine fundamental rights.

Read the brief here

Reforming youth interrogation in the US

For too long, young people suspected of crimes in the U.S. have been subjected to coercive and deceptive interrogation techniques. In an opinion piece in USA Today, Fair Trials’ Global CEO Norman L. Reimer and Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution, Miriam Aroni Krinsky explain why youth interrogation needs to be urgently reformed

You can also join us at a webinar on the same subject, which will take place today (9 March) at 12:00 PST / 15:00 EST / 20:00 GMT.

Register for the webinar here
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