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Criminal Justice

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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Pakistan’s Courts Need to Do More to Acknowledge Mental Illness  

Khizar Hayat faces a death sentence for murder in Pakistan—despite being a victim of schizophrenia.

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Torture in Custody

This study looks at how activists in Argentina, Kenya, and Turkey have sought to use the courts to secure remedies for torture victims and survivors, bring those responsible to justice, and enforce and strengthen the law.

Q&A: Looking for Answers on Law Enforcement Killings

According to a new study from Harvard, there is scant publicly available data on how many people are killed by police. What is there, however, is worrying—which is all the more reason why more data and research is needed.

Keeping Youth Out of the Adult Criminal Justice System

A new report documents major gains in the drive to reduce the number of youths in adult jails and prisons. How philanthropy can help with the challenges ahead.

Policing Black Bodies: Do Black Lives Matter? A Conversation about Policing in Brazil and the United States    

Join the Open Society Human Rights Initiative and Justice Roundtable for a conversation about racial justice and policing in the United States and Brazil.

Talking About Race: A Conversation with Paul Butler

Georgetown Law professor and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler talks about his new book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men.

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