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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.

Recent Work

Voices
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.

Publication
Presumption of Guilt: The Global Overuse of Pretrial Detention

Combining statistical analysis, first-person accounts, graphics, and case studies of successful reforms, this report is the first ever global survey of the damage done by unnecessary and arbitrary pretrial detention.

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Juvenile Life Without Parole  

Some 2,500 minors in the United States were thrown behind bars with no chance of release. A new documentary highlights their plight—and demands that society do better.

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Ferguson, Missouri: Not Just an American Tragedy

Around the world, young people of color bear the brunt of racial discrimination by police officers. But they can also help us find ways to end it.

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Abuse of Kids in Prison: We’ve Been Here Before

A report on guards beating youths at New York’s Rikers Island jail is just the latest evidence that America desperately needs a new approach to juvenile detention.

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

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