The Open Society Foundations support criminal justice reform around the world by developing alternatives to pretrial detention, broadening access to legal representation, and promoting new alliances for reform.
Q&A: Defending the Right to Protest in South Africa
Despite its place in the country’s constitution, the right to peacefully protest in South Africa is often abridged. Here’s what the civil society group Right2Protest is doing to end this injustice and protect this key right.
Drug Law Reform Comes to Mexico
Thanks to some crucial recent rulings from the Mexico Supreme Court, as well as the hard work of reformers and civil society groups throughout the country, Mexico is finally rethinking how it regulates cannabis.
A Balanced Response to Youth Violence
When it comes to violent crimes committed by young people, the U.S. justice system fails both victims and perpetrators. A new report explains why a community-centric approach could lead to better outcomes for all.
Rotterdam’s Top Cop Wants to Strip Fashionable Young Black People
With his dog-whistle statements about young people, one of the Netherlands’ top law enforcement authorities has reminded the world that police must take responsibility for maintaining good relations with their communities.
Building a Better Brazil
Brazil today is home to some of the most violent policing in the world. There is a growing movement, however, to dismantle prejudice and create a future where all Brazilians are truly respected and able to flourish.
Monitoring the Use of Electronic Monitoring
The use of electronic monitoring has doubled in recent years. But nobody’s watching the watchers. New guidelines can help restore the rights of those under state surveillance.
How U.S. States and Cities Can Shore Up Civil Rights
The federal government is abandoning its historical role in protecting citizens’ rights. It’s time to give state and local governments the support they’ll need to pick up the slack.
Q&A: Looking for Answers on Law Enforcement Killings
According to a new study from Harvard, there is scant publicly available data on how many people are killed by police. What is there, however, is worrying—which is all the more reason why more data and research is needed.