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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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Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger

An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

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Nigeria’s Bold Legislative Agenda for Pretrial Justice Reform

A new law on the administration of justice in Nigeria offers an unprecedented opportunity to address fundamental problems with the pretrial process.

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A U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Strengthens Rights of Pretrial Detainees

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June has reinforced the principle that the authorities must protect prisoners in pretrial detention from the threat of violence.

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The Power of a Second Chance

Those convicted of low-level, nonviolent offenses are not the only people who deserve a shot at redemption.

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How Newark Held Its Police Accountable  

Until recently, police in New Jersey’s largest city engaged in widespread civil rights violations. Today they answer to one of America's strongest civilian review boards.

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Case Watch: European Court Pushes Poland to Speed up Wheels of Justice

A new ruling from the European Court of Human Rights, and a new Criminal Justice Code, should help Poland address the problem of excessively long legal proceedings.

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