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, July 28, 2015
U.S. Receives Low Grades on Privacy and Surveillance from UN Committee
Today, the UN Human Rights Committee issued its mid-term review of the United States’ adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) — an international UN treaty that calls on signatories to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to...
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Wisconsin Supreme Court Ends Walker Investigation, Eviscerating State’s Campaign Finance Limits and Raising Questions about Judicial Impartiality
This morning, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-2 to end a John Doe investigation into whether ostensibly “independent” groups had illegally coordinated with Scott Walker’s 2012 gubernatorial recall campaign. Each of the four justices who ruled to toss out the investigation heavily benefited from...
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Monday, June 29, 2015
Supreme Court’s Arizona Redistricting Ruling a Major Victory for Voters
In a 5-4 ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission upheld an Arizona ballot initiative, adopted by voters in 2000, which took redistricting power away from elected politicians and gave it to a nonpartisan commission. The Court...
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Monday, June 01, 2015
Vermont Governor Signs Bipartisan Election Day Registration Bill
Come 2017, Vermonters will be able to register and vote on Election Day, under a new bill signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) today. Vermont is the 14th state, plus the District of Columbia, to pass legislation to allow voters to register on Election Day, which can boost turnout and make it easier for...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Williams-Yulee Supreme Court Decision: Major Victory for Fair Courts
In a 5-4 ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar , upheld a Florida rule prohibiting judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions. “Today, the Supreme Court recognized the paramount importance of protecting the integrity of our...
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Maryland Legislature Passes Bill to Restore Voting Rights
The Maryland legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill to restore voting rights to nearly 40,000 people with past criminal convictions. The measure — which would simplify Maryland’s law so that a person becomes eligible to vote upon release from prison or if they are not incarcerated at all —...
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Friday, April 03, 2015
BRIEF: Potential Use as “Anti-American Propaganda” Not a Valid Reason to Classify Information
The U.S. government should not be permitted to classify information simply because it could be used to stir anti-American sentiment abroad, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Electronic Frontier Foundation argued in an amicus brief filed today. Allowing the U.S. to classify information based on...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
NYPD Inspector General to Tackle Surveillance, Excessive Force in Coming Year
The Office of the Inspector General for the New York City Police Department issued its first annual report today summarizing the Office’s efforts and accomplishments over the last year. According to the report , Inspector General Philip Eure has identified four issues that will receive scrutiny in...
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
BRIEF: Legal Ethicists Urge Wisconsin Justices to Consider Recusal in Gov. Scott Walker Campaign Finance Case
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law submitted an amicus brief today on behalf of legal ethicists urging Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to consider constitutional requirements for judicial recusal. Last month, the special prosecutor in the challenge to the ‘John Doe’ investigation...
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
New Report: Increased Incarceration Had Limited Effect on Reducing Crime for Over Two Decades
Since 1990, increased incarceration had a limited impact on reducing crime nationwide, concludes a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. In What Caused the Crime Decline?, a team of economic and criminal justice researchers examine over 40 years of data, gathered from...
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