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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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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.

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Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like

A live town hall event examining the experience of being incarcerated in America, and its impact on the criminal justice reform movement.

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Talking About Race—Rethinking Crime and Punishment in Black America: A Conversation with James Forman Jr.  

Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. talks about his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

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Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Reduce Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration

A forum of leaders in criminal justice discuss strategies to reduce both violence and mass incarceration.

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Q&A: Inside the Campaign to Close Rikers

An independent commission helped advance a long-running drive to shutter the notorious New York City jail complex on Rikers Island. What happens next?

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New Models to Combat Impunity in Latin America: The Experiences of Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras

This discussion will identify both common challenges and lessons learned regarding efforts to draw on international support in the battle against impunity in three Latin American countries.

Upcoming Events

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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.

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