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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.

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Recent Work

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Is It Possible to Do Justice in Guatemala?

The former attorney general of Guatemala and the Guatemalan ambassador to the United Nations discuss whether it is possible today to change Guatemala’s culture of impunity.

Voices
Stop Prosecuting Children as Adults

Approximately 200,000 American youth are tried and incarcerated as adults every year, making the United States the world’s leading jailer of kids.

Voices
How California Is Reducing Its Prison Population  

Lenore Anderson of Californians for Safety and Justice reflects on Prop 47 and the hard work still ahead.

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Protecting Women and Families from the War on Drugs: UN Sessions

This panel will present research demonstrating how the drug war particularly harms women, and will explore leveraging upcoming UN convenings to better promote and protect the human rights of women and families.

Voices
How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone

Timap for Justice sent community-based paralegals into police stations in Sierra Leone. The result? Around half the people they helped were released on bail; more than a quarter saw charges dropped altogether.

Briefing Paper
Lawyer at the Police Station Door: How REPLACE Provides Legal Aid in Nigeria

This 12-page illustrated brochure summarizes the successes achieved by a project that used duty solicitors to give detainees in Nigerian police stations early access to legal advice.

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Program Director, Justice Fund
U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations–New York

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The former attorney general of Guatemala and the Guatemalan ambassador to the United Nations discuss whether it is possible today to change Guatemala’s culture of impunity.

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