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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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Case Watch: Time Limits Thwart Justice in East Africa

The East Africa Court of Justice's strict two-year time limit—and refusal to recognize ongoing violations—impedes access to justice.

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A Chance to Rewrite America’s Racial Narrative

Too many police departments, educators, journalists, and health care providers default to a criminal caricature of blackness.

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Case Watch: European Court Insists on Stringent Investigation of Enforced Disappearance

A case involving a man who disappeared after being detained by the army in south-east Turkey illustrates how the legal thinking of the European Court of Human Rights has evolved over the past two decades.

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Africa’s Rights Commission Targets Aribitrary Arrest and Detention

New guidelines from the African Commission meant to improve arrest and detention practices should be greeted warmly—if also warily, since their success will depend on proper implementation by national governments.

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Inside One of the World’s Most Notorious Prison Systems  

A new documentary sheds light on the atrocities taking place in prisons in Turkmenistan, where all but the rich face horrific treatment.

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Time to Get Serious About Criminal Justice Reform

The presidential candidates’ interest in the subject is most welcome. But we need a deeper discussion to fix what’s wrong.

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