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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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Talking About Addiction Series: Youth, Addiction, and Juvenile Justice

Three experts in the field of juvenile justice and adolescent health discuss the research and policy around young people and addiction.

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Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?

By recognizing why people with addictions make the choices they do, policy makers can see the futility of punitive drug policies.

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To Be Effective, China’s New Anti–Domestic Violence Law Needs Civil Society’s Support

China’s government has addressed family violence with official legislation—now it’s up to the public to utilize it.

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Virginia Topples a Relic of Colonial-Era Disenfranchisement

Last week, the governor of Virginia ended the disenfranchisement of people convicted of felonies, one of the last groups still denied the right to vote.

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Changing Constitutional Law in the Post-Scalia Era: Lessons from the Past for the Future  

Award-winning constitutional scholar David Cole discusses his new book, Engines of Liberty, which explores how citizen activists have successfully shaped constitutional law.

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New Guidelines Seek to Humanize Africa’s Justice Systems

A push to reform pretrial detention standards in Africa could change not only policies and practices, but attitudes as well.

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Three experts in the field of juvenile justice and adolescent health discuss the research and policy around young people and addiction.

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