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Legislative analysis and pre-trial detention impacts: literature review

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Pre-trial detention is a particularly sensitive topic, on the one hand linked to the efficacy of the criminal prosecution, and thus to the fulfilment of justice and security for the people, and on the other hand connected to the most valuable rights and guarantees which are, above all, meant to protect citizens' freedom, along with their physical and psychological integrity. The report provides an overview of pre-trial detention across the EU with a special focus on the situation in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Romania, and highlight certain clues on how to make things better. CSD contribution to the report includes a country study on pre-trial detention in Bulgaria, which provides an overview of the legal framework of detention and its alternatives, statistical data and a review of the relevant literature.


This report was co-funded by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers

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