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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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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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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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Presumption of Guilt: The Global Overuse of Pretrial Detention  

The author of a recently released Open Society Justice Initiative report on the arbitrary and excessive use of pretrial detention presents the report’s key findings and recommendations.

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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. Photographer Benedicte Kurzen discusses attempts to address 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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