In recent years, the Open Society Foundation for South Africa has become a leader in calling for a more effective and humane criminal justice system. In response to government anticrime campaigns that have violated human rights and failed to curb crime, the foundation has supported coalition groups promoting alternatives to imprisonment. The government’s inability to manage deepening HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics has led the foundation to promote efforts to strengthen local health systems and increase access to treatment. It has also supported outreach initiatives targeting vulnerable populations, such as sex workers.
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