• New report chronicles path to reduced incarceration and crime in Maryland, offers road map to other states

    BALTIMORE—Maryland has reduced its projected prison population by 25% over the last eighteen years thanks to a series of incentive-based reforms that can serve as a model for correctional systems nationwide, according to a new report released today by Open Society Institute-Baltimore and JFA Institute. The report, Safely Reducing Prison Populations: The Maryland Story, notes […]

  • New report indicates major impact of restorative practices in Baltimore City Schools

    Read Baltimore Sun story on the report. BALTIMORE—Baltimore City Schools that have adopted restorative practices since 2018 have seen dramatic drops in suspensions, improved school climate, and better relationships between students and teachers, according to a new report released today by Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools, Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy, […]

  • Unger report offers path to safely reduce incarceration and save taxpayer dollars

    A new Justice Policy Institute report details the experiences of 235 people released from Maryland prisons after serving more than 30 years and found that, with specialized reentry programming, this aging population can safely return to communities. The report reflects the work of a five-year Open Society Institute – Baltimore investment and the creation of “The […]

  • Steps in the Right Direction

    Steps in the Right Direction

    OSI releases Steps in the Right Direction: Maryland Counties Lead the Way in Pretrial Services.

  • Young, Gifted, and Underfunded

    OSI releases Young, Gifted, and Underfunded: Strengthening the Relationship Between Philanthropy and Youth-Led Movements.

  • A Call for Applicants: 2018 Baltimore Community Fellowships

    Complete the online application, or download the application. Deadline: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 5:00pm Applications are now available for OSI-Baltimore’s Community Fellowships Program, established in 1998 to assist individuals wishing to apply their education, life experiences, and professional experiences to serve marginalized communities. Now a corps of more than 190 individuals, Baltimore Community Fellows have established […]

  • OSI and Health Department Release Brief on Baltimore’s Response to Overdose Epidemic

    OSI-Baltimore and Baltimore Health Department Announce Release of a New Brief, “Baltimore’s Response to the Overdose Epidemic” August 31, 2016 Media Advisory Evan Serpick, OSI-Baltimore Evan.Serpick@opensocietyfoundations.org 410-234-1091 Michelle Mendes, Baltimore City Health Department Michelle.Mendes@baltimorecity.gov 443-862-0891 As we mark International Overdose Awareness Day (overdoseday.com), Open Society Institute-Baltimore and the Baltimore City Health Department are proud to announce […]

  • Punishing the Poor: Audacious Thinking Summer 2016

    In the Summer 2016 issue of OSI-Baltimore’s newsletter, Audacious Ideas, we announce our plans for the Solutions Summit on December 10, check in with some of our Community Fellows as they work to build an alumni network, and highlight the effects of a cash bail system that punishes the poor. Included are photos featured in […]

  • 2015 OSI Grants and Donors

    2015 Grants and Donors

    Our beloved Baltimore is a vital American city with a grand history and a wonderfully diverse population. But it faces tremendous challenges. The Baltimore uprising that began in April 2015 brought many of the city’s deeply rooted problems to the surface and created a unique opportunity to address them and bring meaningful, lasting change. We believe in a renewed Baltimore, where opportunity is abundant and all […]

  • Building a New Movement: Audacious Ideas, Fall 2015

    In the latest edition of our newsletter, we talk about the Baltimore Justice Fund and the first round of grantees, Diana Morris writes about listening to the voices of the uprising, and we declare victory with the enactment of new legislation that will prevent most minors from being sent to adult jails. We also talk about the […]