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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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How Albania Is Reforming Its Troubled Justice System

There is growing pressure on Albania to execute the fixes that virtually everyone agrees are sorely needed.

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Drug Crop Production, Poverty, and Development

An international panel of researchers and growers from Colombia, Morocco, Peru, and the United States discuss the role of drug crop production in poverty and development.

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Hope for Improving Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations

A new program in California could vastly improve both health and criminal justice outcomes for the state’s most vulnerable populations.

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Case Watch: UN Rights Body Challenges Police Brutality in Kyrgyzstan

A case of brutality brought to the UN Human Rights Committee supports wider efforts to end torture and abuse by police in Kyrgyzstan.

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Fair and Effective Police Stops

This report provides a roadmap for combating ethnic profiling in police work, drawing on reform efforts by five police departments in Spain.

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Strengthening Pretrial Justice: A Guide to the Effective Use of Indicators

This guide proposes a methodical approach toward developing and deploying empirically based indicators to identify exemplary and problematic pretrial practices.

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