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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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Want to Stop Police Violence? Establish an Independent Investigative Institution.

Civil society is attempting to take police accountability into their own hands by demanding independent investigative institutions.

What’s Wrong with America’s Juvenile Prisons

The Kalief Browder story hit home for youth who’ve been imprisoned. I should know. I’m one of them.

Briefing Paper
Case Digest: Abuse of Detainees in Russia: Article 3 ECHR

This briefing paper summarizes 49 recent decisions delivered by the European Court of Human Rights relating to the prohibition of torture and degrading treatment (Article 3) within the Russian Federation.

Crime Fighting, Perverted: Interpol and Authoritarian Regimes  

Fair Trials International is working to counter abuses of Interpol’s global “wanted persons” alerts, which are being used to target refugees, human rights defenders, journalists, and peaceful political activists.

Roundtable Discussion with the Ombudsman of Georgia

Ucha Nanuashvili, ombudsman of Georgia, will provide an update on the human rights situation in the country.

Challenge and Hope in Baltimore  

Justice comes when people struggle. When more people struggle, more progress is made.

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