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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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In Katrina’s Wake, Criminal Justice Reform Takes Hold in New Orleans

When Hurricane Katrina hit, the justice system in New Orleans had completely broken down. We looked at the court system, the police department, the jail—and started talking about how to fix things.

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Activist’s Murder Adds to a History of Atrocities in Mexico’s Guerrero State

Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, who led searches to find unmarked graves and identify the remains of those who have disappeared in Mexico's Guerrero state, was found shot to death.

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Want to Slash Recidivism Rates? Educate the Incarcerated.

President Obama’s move to restore prisoners’ access to Pell Grants could be a game changer for reform.

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Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger

An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

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Nigeria’s Bold Legislative Agenda for Pretrial Justice Reform

A new law on the administration of justice in Nigeria offers an unprecedented opportunity to address fundamental problems with the pretrial process.

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A U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Strengthens Rights of Pretrial Detainees

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June has reinforced the principle that the authorities must protect prisoners in pretrial detention from the threat of violence.

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