Improving Health in Pretrial Detention
Nearly 10 million people each year worldwide pass through a pretrial setting. Although they have not been convicted of a crime, pretrial detainees are often incarcerated for months or even years in overcrowded facilities where they are exposed to communicable diseases such as HIV or tuberculosis and rarely have access to basic or necessary medical care.
Recognizing the urgent need for improvements in pretrial conditions, the Open Society Foundations have piloted a variety of interventions as part of their Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice. This public health fact sheet describes initiatives in Russia, Ukraine, and Indonesia that have successfully addressed some of the most immediate concerns, including medical-legal collaboration to secure release on health grounds or deliver vital treatment to detainees.
Honoring a Legend
Honoring a Social Justice Legend
Following 25 years of service, Herb Sturz retired from the Open Society Foundations in July. He leaves behind a legacy of work that lifted up lives, from the townships of South Africa to the classrooms of New York City.
How Racism and Inequality Are Influencing the Rise of Legalized Cannabis in the United States
As the legal cannabis industry in the United States continues its explosive growth, a new documentary raises challenging but vital questions about the interaction between drug policy, racism, mass incarceration, and justice.
Ending mass incarceration
What a Soccer Star Teaches Us About Criminal Justice
Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the World Cup–winning U.S. women’s soccer team, told a story about her brother’s struggles with addiction and incarceration. Here’s what we can learn from his story—and why prison breeds violence rather than making communities safer.