May 14, 2014
The Open Society Foundations today awarded $1.25 million to the newest class of Soros Justice Fellows working on a range of criminal justice issues, from solitary confinement to DNA databases to police misconduct.
“We are proud to support these extraordinary individuals working to curb mass incarceration and develop new approaches to ensure accountability in the justice system,” said Ken Zimmerman, director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations. “We hope their projects will spur debate, catalyze change, and lift the curtain on a closed system rife with inequities.”
Fellow recipients include the only “juvenile lifer” ever to be pardoned by the governor in Washington State. Her project will develop the leadership skills of young people in detention so they can better advocate for their rights and lead productive lives upon release.