The Open Society Justice Initiative pursues strategic litigation and engages in policy advocacy in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Read our News Releases and Advocacy Updates on our work.
Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination
Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.
Presumption of Innocence in Mexico Project Launches Studies on Pretrial Detention
Mexico's widespread overuse of pretrial detention is costly, harmful, and ineffective. It is also unjust. To combat this problem, the Open Society Justice Initiative today launched a series of publications on pretrial justice in coordination with...
EU Must Fix Flawed Criminal Justice Systems
Many people suspected or accused of crimes across Europe are unaware of their rights and routinely prevented from mounting an effective defense, according to an Open Society Justice Initiative report.
Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice at UN Crime Conference
The Open Society Justice Initiative drew attention to the plight of pretrial detainees at the 12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
New Book Examines Human Costs of Pretrial Detention in Mexico
A new book explores the human toll of pretrial detention in Mexico through the stories of people who needlessly suffer in jail, sometimes for years, while awaiting trial.
AIDS Conference Looks at Pretrial Detention as a Public Health Issue
Two sessions at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City explored the role of pretrial detention in spreading disease.
New Report from Turkey Finds Accused Lack Legal Representation
An empirical study of legal aid in Istanbul jointly undertaken by the Open Society Justice Initiative and Istanbul Bilgi University found that only 10 percent of criminal defendants in Istanbul are represented by a lawyer.
Oaxaca Moves Toward Use of Pretrial Release
Judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys gathered to discuss the implementation of new reforms that allow pretrial release of prisoners at a training led by the Open Society Justice Initiative and its Mexican partner organization, Renace.