Conectas’ Criminal Justice and Prison System Project aims to destabilize the institutional practice of systematic human rights abuses, especially in the Brazilian prison system, through strategic litigation and advocacy.
Conectas is responsible for several legal cases – some of them using the UN and regional human rights systems.
Conectas is also focusing its efforts on combating the abusive use of pre-trial detention. It is part of a network of nine Brazilian organizations that are working on the issue. In 2011, Conectas, in partnership with the Instituto Sou da Paz and Pastoral Carcerária, established a permanent representation in the Brazilian capital, Brasília, to monitor the initiatives of the Executive and Legislative branches of government on criminal justice.