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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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Changing Places: A Former Prosecutor on the Grand Jury

After serving on a Grand Jury in Brooklyn, New York, a former federal prosecutor reflects on the experience, and sees a need for reform.

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Drugs Courts: A Fresh Approach or a Continuation of the Old Paradigm?

Drug courts, presented as an alternative to incarceration, are themselves controversial and problematic. Do these mandatory, court-supervised drug treatment programs hold up to scrutiny?

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Legal Tools: European and International Standards on the Right to Legal Aid

A summary of the current minimum international legal standards on the right to legal aid, drawing on European human rights law and global principles and standards.

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Case Watch: ECHR and UK Find a Compromise on “Whole Life” Sentences

An ECHR ruling on “whole life sentences” shows how a heated confrontation with the UK has been resolved through constructive judicial dialogue.

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Stamping Out Violence to Make Room for Growth  

Brazil has achieved historic reductions in poverty. Now, the country has identified improved public safety as a way toward sustainable development.

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The Link Between Functioning Toilets and Justice  

In Cape Town’s informal settlements, people face the threat of assault, rape, and murder simply because they don’t have access to a secure toilet near their home.

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

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