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Criminal Justice

The Open Society Foundations support criminal justice reform around the world by developing alternatives to pretrial detention, broadening access to competent legal representation, and promoting new alliances for reform.

Open Society Voices

The Politics of Fear: Latin America Backslides on Excessive Pretrial Detention

April 1, 2014 by Robert Varenik

Denying pretrial release to suspects, regardless of the potential threat, has become a favored strategy for politicians eager to present themselves as "tough on crime".

Sent Home to Torture: Extradition in Central Asia

March 6, 2014 by Katalin Szarvas 1

One man’s harrowing story offers a rare glimpse of a growing practice—where asylum seekers are sent back to countries where they face a serious risk of ill-treatment.

A Court Victory over Torture Raises Hopes in Kazakhstan

February 3, 2014 by Alexandra Cherkasenko 1

In an unprecented move, a court in Kazakhstan has ordered the authorities to pay compensation to a victim of police torture, enforcing a ruling by the UN Committee against Torture.