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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Monday, June 22, 2009
Supreme Court Affirms Voting Rights Act
Today, in a narrow, 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court avoided a constitutional challenge to a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, instead holding in NAMUDNO v. Holder that the small utility district in Austin, Texas that brought the challenge could seek to "bail out" of the Act's pre-clearance requirements.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Bermuda Accepts Detainees as US Starts Dismantling Guantanamo
The Brennan Center welcomes the Burmudan government's decision last week to accept the resettlement of four Uighurs (Muslims from Western China) who had been unlawfully detained at Guantánamo Bay for years.
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Monday, June 15, 2009
Can the US Register Every Voter?
A new study of sixteen countries shows that in nearly every democracy surveyed, government helps assure that every eligible citizen is registered to vote. If the United States were to modernize voter registration in this way, it would add between 50 and 65 million citizens to the rolls.
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Monday, June 08, 2009
Supreme Court Reverses Decision in Caperton v. Massey
Today, in a major victory for the rule of law, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the landmark case of Caperton v. Massey , reversing the decision of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals by a 5 to 4 vote.
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Brennan Center Releases Report on Brunner’s Historic Election Summit
Today Lawrence Norden, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice and Chair of the 2008 Ohio Election Summit, releases his final report on the historic Election Summit and Conference convened by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in December 2008 and March 2009.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Fair Elections Now Act Would Break Special Interest Grip on Congress
Amid growing public outrage over Wall Street influence peddling and the federal bank bailout, a set of bipartisan bills that will fundamentally transform congressional fundraising will be introduced today. Called the Fair Elections Now Act and sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the proposal would help loosen the special interest hold on Congress. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and a coalition of other good-government groups helped craft this crucial legislation. Also sponsored by Reps.
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Monday, March 23, 2009
Brennan Center Study Shows Parole Fees Undercut Reentry
Maryland's $40-per-month parole fee undermines public safety by burdening parolees with debt they cannot pay, according to a report released today by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Maryland's Parole Supervision Fee: A Barrier to Reentry argues that parole fees should be taken off the books and that saddling parolees with debt is a serious barrier to successful reentry into society.
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Friday, March 06, 2009
Al-Marri Detention Case Vacated
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a lower federal court decision giving the President power to detain indefinitely citizens and legal residents in the United States. While the Court also declined the opportunity to clarify the law, and make it clear beyond doubt that the President has no such domestic lock-up power, today's ruling marks a major victory for the rule of law.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Letter to FEC Expresses Deep Concerns about the Agency
In a letter sent today by seven reform organizations to the six Commissioners who serve on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the groups strongly criticized the agency for its misguided rulemaking priorities.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Supreme Court Case First Major Challenge of Bush Counterterrorism Policy for Obama Administration
Today, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to repudiate the Bush Administration's extraordinary claim to be able to seize and detain citizens and lawful aliens from US soil without the Constitution's requirement of a criminal trial in the case of Al-Marri v. Pucciarelli .
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