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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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Washington Post senior editor Steve Luxenberg talks with Judge Robert Bell about the current-day relevance of Plessy v. “separate but equal” doctrine.

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Despite its place in the country’s constitution, the right to peacefully protest in South Africa is often abridged. Here’s what the civil society group Right2Protest is doing to end this injustice and protect this key right.

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When It Comes to Race, European Justice Is Not Blind

A new survey of 12 EU member countries shows that how people are treated by the police and the courts often depends on their race or ethnic background.

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Drug Law Reform Comes to Mexico

Thanks to some crucial recent rulings from the Mexico Supreme Court, as well as the hard work of reformers and civil society groups throughout the country, Mexico is finally rethinking how it regulates cannabis.

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Washington Post senior editor Steve Luxenberg talks with Judge Robert Bell about the current-day relevance of Plessy v. “separate but equal” doctrine.

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