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Criminal Justice

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

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Drugs in Documentary Films: A Showcase

The Open Society Foundations and PBS POV present an evening of excerpts from new documentary films exploring a range of harmful effects created by the current drug control regime.

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Caught on Film: What the Law Says About Filming the Police in Europe

The rise of social media and easily shareable video allows members of the public to film interactions with the police. But across Europe, this is now increasingly a contested issue.

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How Drug Courts Are Falling Short

The "drug court" alternative-sentencing model has spread across the United States. It may be increasingly common, but the drug court model often fails to respect human rights.

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A New Campaign Against Latin America’s Epidemic of Homicide

To reduce the region’s terrible levels of violence, more than two-dozen Latin American organizations, across multiple countries, are banding together to create real policy solutions.

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Case Watch: European Rights Court Lags on Access to Legal Counsel for Criminal Suspects

A ruling from Europe's human rights court failed to reinforce a growing consensus on the right of suspects in police custody to be guaranteed early access to legal counsel.

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Locking Up Our Own: James Forman Jr. in Conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad  

A lunchtime conversation about James Foreman Jr.'s acclaimed new book on race and criminal justice, which traces the zero-tolerance approach to crime and drugs back to some unlikely origins.