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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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Searching for Answers, and Leadership, in Guerrero

Why has there been so little criminal accountability for past killings, disappearances, and torture in the Mexican state of Guerrero?

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Pretrial Detention of Juveniles: As Common as It Is Wrong

The extended pretrial detention of juveniles should be a seldom-used measure of last resort, not the sadly common practice it is today.

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Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State

This report analyzes the structural deficiencies of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state—flaws that have enabled perpetrators of violence to operate with almost absolute impunity.

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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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