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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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Virginia Topples a Relic of Colonial-Era Disenfranchisement

Last week, the governor of Virginia ended the disenfranchisement of people convicted of felonies, one of the last groups still denied the right to vote.

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Changing Constitutional Law in the Post-Scalia Era: Lessons from the Past for the Future

Award-winning constitutional scholar David Cole discusses his new book, Engines of Liberty, which explores how citizen activists have successfully shaped constitutional law.

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New Guidelines Seek to Humanize Africa’s Justice Systems

A push to reform pretrial detention standards in Africa could change not only policies and practices, but attitudes as well.

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A Podcast Examines the Intersection of Life and Law  

Breaking new ground in long-running debates about criminal justice, Nancy Mullane’s Life of the Law podcast embraces a spirit of inclusiveness.

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Talking About Race: What Is Progress? Reflections One Year Later

As part of the Open Society Institute–Baltimore’s Talking About Race series, panelists discuss what meaningful change in Baltimore would look like on the anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising.

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Raising the Profile of Pretrial Detention in Africa

Many of the continent’s prison systems are in a state of crisis, burdened with overcrowding and an inability or unwillingness to protect the human rights of prisoners.

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