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

Newswire article
Monday, August 16, 2010
Is Justice for Sale?
Spending on state Supreme Court elections has more than doubled in the past decade, from $83.3 million in 1990-1999 to $206.9 million in 2000-2009, and deep-pocketed special interests play a dominant role in choosing state jurists, according to a report released today. For more than a decade, partisans and special interests of all stripes have grown more organized in their efforts to tilt the scales of justice their way. This surge in spending-much of it funneled through secret channels-has fundamentally transformed state Supreme Court elections.
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Wednesday, August 04, 2010
New York Passes Landmark Legislation to End Prison-Based Gerrymandering
Last night, the New York State Legislature passed a landmark piece of legislation to end prison-based gerrymandering. This bill comes on the heels of another important policy, passed and signed into law in June, intended to educate people with felony convictions about their right to vote in New York.
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Monday, June 28, 2010
New York’s New Voting System Procedure Could Cost Tens of Thousands of Lost Votes
The Brennan Center for Justice, New York State Conference NAACP, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Families United For Racial and Economic Equality, the Working Family Party, and many other civil rights, voting rights, good government groups and advocates called for the New York State and City Boards to take a simple step that will prevent tens of thousands of votes from being lost this fall.
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Bureau of Prisons Proposed Rule Strictly Limits Prisoners’ Contact with the Outside World
Today the Brennan Center for Justice urged policymakers to reevaluate a proposed federal rule that would severely limit prisoners' ability to stay in touch with their families and communities. Other progressive groups and corrections policy experts also pushed for the rule change.
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Newswire article
Thursday, October 15, 2009
FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Bush-Era DOJ Opinion
Today, the Brennan Center for Justice is filing a federal lawsuit to compel release of a long-suppressed Bush-era legal opinion; the opinion in question purportedly acknowledges that a federal law -- which requires organizations receiving federal grants for HIV/AIDS work to pledge opposition to prostitution -- may be unconstitutional. The opinion was drafted in 2004 by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) housed within the Department of Justice (DOJ).
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Newswire article
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Large Number of People Who Face Foreclosures Don't Have a Lawyer
A new in-depth study by the Brennan Center for Justice released today shows that disturbing numbers of families face foreclosure proceedings without the aid of legal counsel. This is the first national study of the dramatic overlap between the longstanding shortage of lawyers for the poor and the economic collapse.
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Newswire article
Monday, August 24, 2009
Government Reports Show Renewed Need for Commission of Inquiry
Today, the C.I.A. is set to disclose previously unreleased portions of a 2004 inspector general's report. The disclosure will provide fresh details about the agency's interrogation program and abuses that took place inside its secret prisons. Meanwhile, the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility recommended investigating prisoner abuse cases and Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce that he will appoint a criminal prosecutor to renew inquiries into nearly a dozen cases that the Bush Administration declined to pursue.
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Monday, July 27, 2009
The Vote and the Draft
The voting problems military and overseas voters face can be solved by a relatively simple fix to the voter registration system, two new reports released today by the Brennan Center for Justice show.
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Newswire article
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Sotomayor Not an Activist Judge, Study Finds
A new comparative study of 1,194 constitutional cases shows that Judge Sonia Sotomayor is neither an "activist" judge nor an "outlier" jurist among her peers on the Second Circuit. In the run-up to next week's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, the unprecedented depth of this analysis provides hard data to counter the rhetoric of "judicial activism" that has plagued her nomination since May.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Federal Bill Draws Needed Attention to Redistricting Reform
Today, Congressmen John Tanner (D-TN), Mike Castle (R-DE), and Allen Boyd (D-FL) proposed federal legislation that would substantially change the way congressional districts are drawn. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a national leader in the effort to draw fair districts, welcomed the return of the issue to national prominence.
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