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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

A Balanced Response to Youth Violence

When it comes to violent crimes committed by young people, the U.S. justice system fails both victims and perpetrators. A new report explains why a community-centric approach could lead to better outcomes for all.

Celebrating 20 Years of Open Society Institute–Baltimore with Patrick Gaspard and the 2018 Open Society Institute Community Fellows  

Open Society Institute-Baltimore hosts the last of our 20th Anniversary special events where Open Society Foundations president Patrick Gaspard will discuss the challenges to open societies around the world.

Ending Racial Bias in Police Stop and Search

Despite recent reforms, police in the UK continue to unfairly target people of color when using stop and search. A new report should be a wake-up call to those who still defend this failed, counterproductive policy.

Briefing Paper
Submission to the UN Commission against Torture Review of the Netherlands

This submission argues that the Dutch government’s use of specialized high-security “terrorist” detention units has led to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Books that Inspire Us to Action: Monique Morris and Brion Gill at the Baltimore Book Festival

Open Society Institute–Baltimore will host a conversation with Monique Morris, author and former Soros Justice Fellow, about the books that inspire us to action at the 2018 Baltimore Book Festival.

Celebrating 20 Years of Open Society Institute–Baltimore: A Conversation with Barbara Mikulski and Rashad Robinson

Open Society Institute–Baltimore marks 20 years with an event featuring former Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski and Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson discussing the census, advocacy, and civic participation.

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