Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to redistricting reform, from access to the courts to presidential power in the fight against terrorism.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
House Committee Votes to Terminate Agency that Protects Voting Machines from Hacking
Today, the House Administration Committee, by a 6-3 vote, approved the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Termination Act. The bill would eliminate the EAC, an independent government agency that sets security standards for voting machines and functions as a clearinghouse for election...
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Friday, January 06, 2017
Two New Papers: Jeff Sessions’s Criminal Justice Record, the Danger of Using the Justice Department for Partisan Gain
As Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) prepares for his confirmation hearing to be the next Attorney General, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law released two analyses today: Analysis: Sen. Jeff Sessions’s Record on Criminal Justice – Details the senator’s record on sentencing and drug laws...
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Tuesday, November 01, 2016
New Analysis: In Ten Top Senate Races, Outside Groups Outspending Candidates and Parties
For what may be the first time, outside groups — nominally independent spenders that are free from contribution limits and can sometimes conceal their donors from the public — are outspending the parties and candidates in the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new analysis from...
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Monday, June 27, 2016
NEW INVESTIGATION: Secret Spending Pollutes State and Local Elections
Secret money surged from 24 percent of all outside election spending in 2006 to 71 percent in 2014, in six states where data is available, according to a major investigative analysis released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The report, Secret Spending in the States , is the...
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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Money in Politics is an Urgent Civil Rights Issue: New Report, Multimedia Project, and Event
The increasingly dominant role of mega-donors in funding American elections has reached a tipping point, further marginalizing those who are not independently wealthy or do not have access to wealthy donors — particularly women, communities of color, and underserved communities, according to a new...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
New Petition Calls on Democrats to Prioritize Ending Mass Incarceration
Criminal justice reform has never been a formal priority of America’s two major political parties, and a new petition released today by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law aims to change that. Criminal justice reform has played prominently in the election this year. The Republican...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Vermont Governor Signs Bipartisan Automatic Voter Registration Bill
Today, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed into law a bill to automatically and securely register eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license from the DMV, unless they opt out of registration. Vermont’s law comes as automatic voter registration is taking off across the...
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Letter to Director of National Intelligence Clapper Praises Effort to Reduce "Overclassification"
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, joined by 11 other civil liberties and open government groups, wrote to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) today to praise his memorandum to intelligence agency heads regarding the agencies’ upcoming review of internal classification...
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Thursday, April 07, 2016
Groups Ask the NSA to Halt Plans to Weaken Privacy Protections for Americans
Today, more than 30 organizations, led by OpenTheGovernment.org, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, sent a letter to the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the National Security Agency, urging them to halt...
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Wisconsin Photo ID Law Leads to Long Lines
Confusion over Wisconsin’s strict new photo ID law contributed to hour-long lines and other challenges for voters in yesterday’s primary, according to widespread media reports. Multiple media outlets reported long waits, particularly in student precincts in areas like Eau Claire, Madison, and...
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