Japan: Open Letter: Reforming Japan’s criminal justice system must include abolition or substantial revision of the Daiyo Kangoku (substitute prison) system and introduction of electronic recording of the entire process of interrogations

By Amnesty International, , Index number: ASA 22/010/2012

In this open letter Amnesty International welcomes the appointment of the Special Committee of the Legislative Council which is to prioritise aspects of Japan’s criminal justice system in need of further consideration with a view to reforming relevant laws and procedures. The organization believes that reform or abolition of the daiyo kangoku system and introduction of recording of the entire process of interrogations would go a long way toward improving the safety of court decisions on the innocence or guilt of accused persons.

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