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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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Talking About Race: A Screening and Discussion of 13th

Open Society Institute–Baltimore and the Office of the Public Defender host a free screening and discussion of Ava DuVernay's documentary, 13th, which looks at racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

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Live Webcast—Book Launch: Assassination of a Saint

Matt Eisenbrandt joins a panel of experts to discuss his new book, which tells the story of the investigation into the killing of Archbishop Óscar Romero.

Voices
Q&A: The Missing Voices in the Immigration Debate

A new study shows the media is paying more attention to immigrants in detention—but migrants’ stories are too often overlooked.

Voices
“Rogues” and “Vagabonds” No More: Ending Africa’s Imperial Legacy of Absurd Petty Offenses  

Archaic colonial era laws originally imposed to control local populations still endure in Africa, allowing police to harass and arrest people who have done nothing wrong.

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Film Screening and Q&A—Finding Oscar

Finding Oscar tells the remarkable and moving story of the search for justice for Guatemala's 1982 Dos Erres massacre—and how it changed one man's life forever.

Voices
The New Phone-Based Tool That Lets Brazilians Monitor State Violence

DefeZap collects and catalogs user-submitted videos of state violence, then makes sure the authorities take action.

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Matt Eisenbrandt joins a panel of experts to discuss his new book, which tells the story of the investigation into the killing of Archbishop Óscar Romero.

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