MacArthur Fellows Program

Alvin J. Bronstein

Human Rights Lawyer | Class of 1989

Human Rights Lawyer
Washington, District of Columbia
61 at time of award
October 24, 2015

Alvin Bronstein is a lawyer specializing in human rights.

Bronstein has been involved in many significant advances in correctional case law for all state and federal prison systems, and has brought about changes in penal policy and prison conditions.  He is co-author or editor of more than fifteen books on civil rights law and corrections issues.

The director emeritus of the National Prison Project of the ACLU, Bronstein currently serves as a consultant to the national ACLU, and is engaged in international human rights efforts as a board member of Penal Reform International in London.  From 1964 to 1968, he directed the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee and engaged in civil rights litigation in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.  He has consulted and been counsel for the NAACP and other welfare, human rights, and consumer groups.  In 1968, Bronstein was appointed a fellow of the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; he served as associate director of the Institute (1969-1971).

Bronstein studied at the City College of New York and received his LL.B. (1952) from the New York Law School.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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