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Keep Kids Off the Sex Offender Registry

October 6, 2015 | by Eli Lehrer

When it comes to making minors register as sex offenders, the costs to communities far outweigh the benefits.

Federal Prisoners Decline, but It’s Not a Trend Yet

October 5, 2015 | by Jeremy Haile

The number of individuals in federal prison reached a record low last year. More can be done to make sure that trend continues.

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A Social Justice Advocate’s Winding Path to Public Health

October 1, 2015 | by Mindy Eve Myers

Dr. Vicki Breitbart’s career path has taken many twists and turns, but a belief in the importance of civil society has always served as its guide.

Case Watch: Will the EU’s Top Court Outlaw Mass Surveillance?

September 29, 2015 | by Simon Cox

U.S. domestic surveillance practices, exposed by Edward Snowden, present a profound legal challenge to the European Union's data protection regime.

The Power of Participatory Decision Making

September 28, 2015 | by Andrea Batista Schlesinger

By involving citizens directly in decisions about how their communities are run, we can make government more responsive and inclusive.

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“Artivism” Gets a 21st-Century Makeover

September 28, 2015 | by Alan Jenkins

Artists are taking on police bias, criminal justice reform, and equal opportunity, as voices old and new tell fresh stories and organize for change.

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What the Pope’s Visit Means for Social Justice

September 22, 2015 | by Jennifer Butler

Pope Francis’s U.S. trip presents a tremendous opportunity to harness his popularity for progressive change.

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How Can This Indefinite Incarceration Policy Be Constitutional?

September 18, 2015 | by Donysha Smith

Soros Justice Fellow Galen Baughman was imprisoned for over two years past his release date. Now he’s working to make sure others don’t suffer the same fate.

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Brooklyn Outdoor Exhibit Features Two Open Society Photographers

September 11, 2015 | by Siobhan Riordan

A Brooklyn photography festival features immersive installations about U.S. Superfund sites and Nigerian romance novelists.

How Obama Can Shed Light on Dark Money in Politics

September 2, 2015 | by Lisa Gilbert

An executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political giving would improve the lives of poor people and communities of color.