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Criminal Justice

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.

Recent Work

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Big Change Baltimore 2014: Connect to the Power of Change

Join OSI-Baltimore at its second Big Change forum for connecting ideas—and some key solutions already in place—to people who are committed to powerful change.

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Case Watch: European Court Strengthens Anti-Torture Safeguards

A ruling on Spain’s use of incommunicado detention for terrorism suspects calls for safeguards to ensure that suspects are protected from the risk of torture.

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Clearing a Path to Justice in Nigeria  

In Nigeria, nearly 70 percent of prisoners have not been convicted; detainees spend an average of over three years awaiting trial. A photographer investigates this vast waste of human life.

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Mexico’s Federal Prosecutor Must End Secrecy over San Fernando Massacres

Under Mexico’s new information laws, the federal prosecutors are not allowed to keep files on human rights abuses secret.

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Why the Overuse of Pretrial Detention Is an Overlooked Human Rights Crisis  

Every year, millions find themselves behind bars, awaiting trial on criminal charges—victims of what is perhaps the most overlooked human rights crisis of our time: the overuse of pretrial detention.

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Presumption of Guilt: 15 Arresting Facts about the Overuse of Pretrial Detention

There are an estimated 3.3 million people in jails around the world awaiting trial, or the finalization of a trial, at any one time—roughly a third of the world’s prison population. Many don’t need to be there.

Open Society People

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

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