• The Right to a Fair Trial: Unger v. State

    We must correct errors and maintain a criminal justice system we can be proud of—one where the people involved receive justice and second chances.

  • The Right to a Fair Trial: Coming Home

    Kareem Hasan and Jeffrey Kersey were released as a result of Unger v. State, a decision that found that flawed instructions to jurors created unfair trials in certain cases. Read their stories.

  • Taking the Next Steps to Sustainability

    How do you take a good idea and make it grow to its full potential? And how, in this time of diminishing resources, can you make a grassroots project into a sustainable program?

  • A Lesson on Zero-Tolerance

    When we punish students by kicking them out of school for nonviolent infractions, we’ve lost the opportunity to instruct them. But when discipline practices change, students’ outcomes change—for the better.

  • Scott Nolen joins OSI-Baltimore as Director of Drug Addiction Treatment

    Scott Nolen has been named Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment program at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Nolen is an attorney who has worked on health disparity issues at the National Institutes of Health and holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

  • Audacious Thinking: Spring 2014

    This issue features the Unger v. State decision, Diana Morris writes about the levers of change, Jane Sundius writes about school discipline reform, and we cover two alumni fellows who are working to make their organizations sustainable.

  • 2013 OSI Grants and Donors

    2013 Grants and Donors List

    We know it can happen. We see progress every day. We use a broad set of tools—grantmaking, education, advocacy, technical assistance, and investment—to take promising solutions to scale. See our 2013 highlights, grants, and donors.

  • The Challenge of Student Attendance in City Schools

    Student attendance has long been a challenge in City Schools, and in recent years it has received renewed attention. Yet attention alone is not achieving the attendance levels necessary for our students to succeed.

  • White House expands opportunity for young men of color—we’ve already started

    President Obama’s new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, signifies an important commitment from the nation’s highest levels of government, business and philanthropic leadership to boost opportunities for young men of color. We’re so pleased to be part of the Open Society Foundations, one of the ten foundations that are involved in this initiative.

  • A common-sense approach to school discipline

    We actually did it. After the debates, public hearings and letter-writing campaigns, advocates for school disciplinary reform heard a decision from the Maryland State Board of Education that was three years in the making. The Board decided to eliminate zero tolerance policies and enact a common-sense approach to school discipline.