• Restorative practices in Baltimore City Schools

    In a Baltimore Sun op-ed today, Megan Feldman Bettencourt writes about restorative practices in City Springs Elementary/Middle School. “We can implement in our schools and communities the research-tested habits that foster the seeking and granting of forgiveness and prevent disagreements from escalating into violence,” she says. OSI-Baltimore helped to bring restorative practices to City Springs Schools and […]

  • OSI-Baltimore announces first round of Baltimore Justice Fund grants

    Thirteen grants, totaling $337,500, aim to improve police accountability and increase racial justice and opportunity for Baltimore residents in the wake of the Baltimore Uprising.

  • Media Bias and Black Communities

    As part of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore series “Talking About Race,” author and civil rights leader Rashad Robinson and journalist Stacey Patton will dissect the ways that television, newspaper and radio news can shape stories in ways that distort the reality of black lives—and reinforce negative stereotypes.

  • Request for Proposals for Post-Release Reentry Services

    The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program of Open Society Institute-Baltimore seeks proposals from organizations able to provide high quality post-release reentry and reintegration services to individuals who have been granted clemency by the President of the United States for federal drug-related sentences and will be returning to Maryland, beginning November 2015.

  • WYPR series “On the Watch” examines the practices and culture of policing in Baltimore

    Tomorrow morning at 5:51 a.m. and 7:51 a.m., during Morning Edition, WYPR will air the third installment of its year-long series, “On the Watch: Fixing the Fractured Relationship Between Baltimore’s Police and Its Communities.” The series is funded by the Open Society Institute’s Baltimore Justice Fund.

  • OSI-Baltimore statement on the closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center

    The Open Society Institute-Baltimore endorses the closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center, a notorious facility that has, for decades, posed a serious risk to detainees, staff, family members and the broader Baltimore community. As the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services moves forward to end this shameful chapter in the state’s history, it is imperative that state and City stakeholders work together to leverage this unique opportunity to reduce unnecessary incarceration safely and to reinvest the savings to improve community safety.

  • Open Society Institute-Baltimore Responds to Killing of Freddie Gray; Announces Baltimore Justice Fund

    In response to the recent unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore announced today the creation of the Baltimore Justice Fund.

  • OSI-Baltimore launches the Baltimore Justice Fund

    The fund will support focused interventions to improve police accountability and police-community relationships, reduce the number of Baltimoreans caught up in the criminal justice system, and engage Marylanders, especially young people, in advocacy for programs and policies to increase opportunity and racial justice.

  • Tara Huffman on PBS NewsHour

    OSI-Baltimore’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Director Tara Huffman was interviewed on PBS NewsHour about life in Sandtown-Winchester, Freddie Gray’s neighborhood. Watch the video.

  • OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows respond

    We’re proud of the many OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows who work in Baltimore every day. Here are just a few articles/radio interviews profiling the work of our fellows during the Baltimore Uprising.