The Failed War on Pre-Trial Detention: Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Reform

The results provide compelling evidence that the U.S. adversarial model decreased the number of inmates in pre-trial detention, male detainees

Angela Zorro Medina

2020

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Introduction

Results

  • Almost two decades after its implementation, the impact of the most significant procedural reform undertaken on the continent remains largely unexplored.
  • Using Colombia as a study case, I explore the LACPR effect in pre-trial detentions using two methodological strategies.
  • I exploit the exogenous variation resulting from the LACPR gradual implementation to estimate a difference-in-difference and an event study model.
  • I estimate the impact of the LACPR in pre-trial admission and release rates using a regression analysis controlling for co-founding variables and time-trends.
  • The results provide compelling evidence that the U.S adversarial model decreased the number of inmates in pre-trial detention, male detainees.

Conclusion

  • The results show that the decline is not associated with a decrease in the use of pre-trial detention but to an increase in procedural speediness.
  • Zorro Medina, Angela, The Failed War on Pre-Trial Detention: Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Reform (January 15, 2020).

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