Last updated on: 8/8/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“Nearly 6 million American citizens are unable vote because of a past criminal conviction. As many as 4.4 million of these citizens live, work, and raise families in our communities. But because of a conviction in their past they are still denied this fundamental democratic right. These laws, deeply rooted in our troubled racial history, have a disproportionate impact on minorities. Across the country, 13 percent of African-American men have lost their right to vote, which is seven times the national average.

Through litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and public education, the Brennan Center works nationwide to restore voting rights to people with past criminal convictions.”

“Restoring Voting Rights,” brennancenter.org (accessed Aug. 8, 2014)

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Description:

“For a decade now, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law has been a dynamic force for ideas and action on behalf the core American values of democracy and justice. We are excited by our plans for the Center’s next decade.

The Center combines the penetrating research of a think tank with the hard-hitting energy of a public interest law firm. We craft ideas – and we have the tools to fight for them. We try to carry on the legacy of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., whose powerful belief in the ‘living Constitution’ propels us. We are inspired by his view that we all have a duty to ensure that America’s institutions uphold America’s best values.”

“Report From the Executive Director,” Brennan Center website, accessed May 10, 2007

Mission:

“The Brennan Center for Justice is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the 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. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

With Justice Brennan, we believe that a ‘living constitution’ is the genius of American law and politics – and that the test of our institutions is the ability to apply timeless values to a changing world.”

“Our Mission,” Brennan Center website, accessed May 10, 2007

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