Kristen Petersen


Kristen Petersen joined ACJR in July 2015 as a Researcher. She is an admitted attorney and holds a Masters degree in Human Rights Law. Kristen has been working in the human rights and criminal justice sector since 2012. She previously worked in the legal services department of the South African Human Rights Commission and at the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services where she reported on the treatment of inmates and their conditions of detention. Her experience and area of work are on a wide range of criminal justice and human rights issues such as pre-trial justice, prisoners’ rights, policing, torture prevention and oversight and prison reform. She is actively involved in the Detention Justice Forum in South Africa and the regional campaign on the Decriminalisation and Declassification of Petty Offences in Africa.