Two Mexican Lawyers, Diana Cristal González and Ariadna Camacho, are working to reform the Mexican criminal justice system through their studies with the U.S. Agency for International Development Program at the Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. The program includes a stay at Texas Tech School of Law where the two have been invited to participate in the work of the Innocence Project of Texas. The school plans to host Mexican lawyers over the next three summers as part of the U.S. AID project.
Many lawyers say the Mexican justice system is highly corrupt. Defendants who cannot afford an attorney must represent themselves, and freedom can often be purchased from a judge, lawyers say.
Both [González and Camacho] have pledged to change the country's judicial system, along with thousands of others who are demanding reform and succeeding. Seventeen of 32 Mexican states have committed, in some way, to judicial reform, González said.
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