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To Reduce Its Homicide Rate, Latin America Must “Denormalize” Violence

March 4, 2016 | by Angelica Zamora

Home to nearly one-third of the world’s homicides, Central and South America have become desensitized to violence. Refocusing public perception could help solve the problem.

Could the “Ithaca Plan” Become a Model for Harm Reduction in America?

March 3, 2016 | by Matthew Wilson

The small city of Ithaca, New York, just launched one of the most innovative approaches to drug use anywhere in the United States.

Grantee Spotlight

How Brazil’s Drug War Became a Crusade Against People of Color

February 29, 2016 | by Eduardo Ribeiro

Brazil’s six-day Carnaval celebration is a striking example of its shameful treatment of black and mixed-race citizens.

Liberty on Hold: France’s Response to November’s Terror Attacks

February 29, 2016 | by Jonathan Birchall

In this month’s Talking Justice podcast, we examine the emergency powers that grant the French government vast new authority to search and monitor citizens.

How a 20-Year Investment in Housing Helped Transform Post-Apartheid South Africa

February 26, 2016 | by Nhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

As the Open Society Foundations’ partnership with NURCHA comes to a close, we look back at what was accomplished.

What Scalia Would Have Wanted the Senate to Do

February 26, 2016 | by Danyelle Solomon

Justice Scalia decried the intrusion of politics into judicial appointments. The Senate should follow his lead.

Spreading Access to Finance Across Ghana, One New Customer at a Time

February 25, 2016 | by Kate Murphy

By making face-to-face contact with people, mobile bankers help ease newcomers into the formal financial system.

Finding a Silver Lining in the UK Surveillance Controversy

February 23, 2016 | by Carolyn O’Neil

Amid the intense debate over the UK’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill, members of parliament are backing stronger protections for whistleblowers.

The Struggle of Displaced Journalists in Ukraine

February 22, 2016 | by Ilona Sabera

The conflict in Ukraine has forced many journalists to relocate, but their work has only become more vital.

In Georgia, Living Proof That Harsh Punishments Don’t Stop Drug Use

February 22, 2016 | by David Otiashvili

Despite making strides in reform, possession of more than a gram of heroin can still earn you a longer prison sentence than murder.

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