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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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Recent Work

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Police Shootings Aren’t the Only Way the Justice System Fails Youth

Young people of color face particularly long odds when dealing with courts and police, from sexual abuse in prison to cops assuming they’re guilty until proven innocent.

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Victimizing Eric Garner’s Family All Over Again  

The cop won’t be charged. But does the deceased’s family have any rights in the criminal justice system?

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Count the Costs of the “War on Drugs”  

Representatives from a coalition of rights-based organizations discuss their call for a new approach to United Nations drug policy.

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Judicial Independence Under Threat in Guatemala

Recent events have shown that Guatemala’s justice system is still subject to powerful political and economic interests.

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Ending Mass Incarceration

Through a grant of $50 million to the ACLU, the Open Society Foundations are making a lasting commitment to criminal justice reform in the United States.

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Justice in Guatemala: New Efforts, Continuing Threats

Almost 20 years after the end of Guatemala’s bitter civil war, victims of human rights atrocities are still waiting for offenders to be brought to justice. Their quest is now at a critical crossroads.

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

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