France's criminal legal system reform: written contribution
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Fair Trials has submitted a written contribution to the French government regarding the reform of its criminal legal system.
The contribution highlights a number of issues including:
- The growing use of accelerated procedures with the aim of ‘simplifying the criminal procedure’;
- France’s also failure to respect basic procedural safeguards including the right to access a lawyer;
- France’s expansion of the use of the electronic bracelet has failed to address severe prison overcrowding; and
- The demands of civil society, especially of racialised groups, are not mentioned anywhere in the reform project.