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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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How Do We Measure Access to Justice? A Global Survey of Legal Needs Shows the Way  

The World Justice Project’s new survey, Global Insights on Access to Justice, is the first of its kind to try to understand global access to civil, rather than criminal, justice.

Seminar: Asset Recovery at the Intersection of International Law on Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Research shows that corruption extracts billions of dollars globally each year, but only a fraction of that has ever been returned. How can coalitions for responsible asset repatriation use human rights law to do better?

Confronting the Tigers: How Young Parisians Use the Law to Expose Police Abuse

Four police officers in Paris are on trial for assault, in a case that is highlighting the human cost of abusive and discriminatory policing.

Book Launch—Parting Song: Poems from Prison

Batyr Berdyev is among the 112 confirmed disappeared persons in Turkmenistan. His book of poetry was written behind bars—where Berdyev was last heard from in 2005.

Righting Carceral Feminism’s Wrongs in a #MeToo Era  

The #MeToo movement is beginning to address the wrongs of carceral feminism through a more democratized process. Panelists discuss potential opportunities and pitfalls in the search for justice.

U.S. Guns and Violence in Mexico: A Growing Emergency

Experts and a father of a disappeared son address expanding U.S. legal exports and illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico, the current unprecedented violence, and what can be done.

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