Brennan Center for Justice

Nonpartisan law and policy institute that is part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group, part communications hub. Located in New York City.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL, New York
Organization type(s): Research/Policy/Organizing

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group, part communications hub — the Brennan Center seeks meaningful, measurable change in the systems by which our nation is governed.



Court fees trap ex-inmates in a prison of debt

E. Tammy Kim
Al Jazeera America
August 5, 2015
In Washington state, formerly incarcerated men and women face massive debts and a 12 percent interest rate.

News Story

With Driver’s License Suspensions, a Cycle of Debt

Shaila Dewan
New York Times (NYT)
April 14, 2015
States have begun suspending drivers’ licenses for unsatisfied debts stemming from any criminal case, from misdemeanors like marijuana possession to felonies in which court costs can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Feature , Investigative , Video

Municipal Violations

John Oliver
Last Week Tonight, HBO
March 22, 2015
Sent to prison for being poor. Last Week Tonight dives into the legal financial obligation system and details the devastating consequences of court debt.

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