24 March 2016

2015 Trudeau scholar Jennifer Peirce wrote an article in Foreign Affairs about Nicaragua’s decision to release thousands of prisoners as a “humanitarian measure,” and the potential of this new approach for other prisons in Central America. She argues that less incarceration can be beneficial for both prisoners and the criminal justice system, especially in a region where prisons are overcrowded, dirty and violent and where there are the world’s highest rates of pretrial detention.

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Jennifer Peirce

Jennifer Peirce (criminal justice, City University of New York) is exploring how prison governance reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last twenty years have influenced detention conditions and rehabilitation initiatives.

2015 Scholars