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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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The Need for Action on Policing and Racial Justice after Baton Rouge

Peaceful protests are the opposite of violence, not the cause of violence.

Punishing the Poor: Opening Reception for #unconvicted

In the United States, nearly all arrested people are required to pay cash bail in order to be released from jail before trial, yet more than three in five inmates remain behind bars because they cannot afford to pay.

Documenting Racial Disparities in Police Use of Force

Recent police shootings demand a hard analysis of the intersections where race and law enforcement meet.

Artists for Change: A Showcase from Creatives for Global Drug Policy Reform

An international panel of artists discuss their work promoting drug policy reform.

For Women Swept Up in the Drug Trade, Legal Help That Starts Early

When marginalized women are convicted of drug offenses in Indonesia, their best shot at avoiding the death penalty is early access to justice.

A Harsher Sentence for Brock Turner Will Not Bring Justice

The public is rightfully outraged over the leniency shown to the white Stanford student convicted of rape. Let’s channel that anger towards forging a new notion of justice.

Open Society People

Program Director - Justice Fund
Open Society Foundations–New York, U.S. Programs

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