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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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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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Is Interpol Vulnerable to Political Abuse?

The global policing organization is a crucial instrument in the fight against crime—and sometimes, a way for corrupt officials to hunt down their critics.

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New Document Throws More Light on Mexico’s San Fernando Killings

A newly released document from the investigation into the 2010–11 massacres of migrants in San Fernando paints a picture of official connections to organized crime.

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Healing the Wounds in Ferguson and Staten Island

The Open Society Foundations are investing $2.9 million to support community groups working to promote law enforcement accountability and help build a national database on police behavior.

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Disappearances in Mexico: A Report From the Legal Team for the 43 Students Abducted in Iguala  

Human Rights Center of the Mountain Tlachinollan provides updates concerning the case of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa who were kidnapped and are presumed to have been murdered in Iguala.

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U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations–New York

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