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Brennan Center for Justice

New York, New York

Brennan Center for Justice was awarded $1,835,000 between 2012 and 2016, including 5 grants in Criminal Justice and Strengthening American Democracy.

$600,000

2016 • 2 years • Strengthening American Democracy

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the systems of democracy and justice in the United States through a multidisciplinary approach. The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program works strategically to shape a national democracy agenda that will advance both federal and state reforms focused on the areas of voting, money in politics, redistricting, and fair courts. Brennan’s Democracy Program conducts research, convenes conferences, develops policy proposals, and participates in litigation. Its staff regularly analyzes important legal issues that relate to democracy in a way that is accessible to the public and the media. A MacArthur grant will support the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program.

$75,000

2014 • 1 year • Criminal Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan institute for law and policy, affiliated with New York University School of Law. The Center will use this grant to convene a roundtable discussion among experts, practitioners, and advocates to explore potential strategies to address reducing disparities as an explicit and integral part of criminal justice systems reform, and the trade-offs; and develop a report synthesizing the roundtable’s discussion into specific recommendations for concrete and practical activities that will be made available to the field and the general public.

$600,000

2014 • 2 years • Strengthening American Democracy

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the nation’s systems of democracy and justice. The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program works to defend campaign finance laws, oppose laws that restrict the rights of voters, promote fair judicial standards, and push for pro-active reforms that would establish meaningful public financing for candidates, and modernize the voter registration system. The Brennan Center employs a multifaceted approach of broad public education through strategic communications and legal, grassroots, legislative, and research strategies with a goal of long-term fundamental revitalization of our nation’s democratic institutions.

$60,000

2013 • 1 year • Strengthening American Democracy

The Brennan Center for Justice works to analyze the role of money in American politics and enable participation in the electoral process of all eligible voters. The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program conducts research, publishes influential studies, convenes conferences, develops policy proposals, supports strategy development, and participates in litigation to defend campaign finance laws and oppose laws that restrict the rights of voters. This grant will help the Brennan Center pay the unexpected costs it is incurring in responding to a special opportunity to advance comprehensive campaign finance reform in New York State, as well as support other Democracy Program activities.

$500,000

2012 • 2 years • Strengthening American Democracy

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan organization that conducts comprehensive research, publishes influential studies, convenes conferences, develops policy proposals, and participates in litigation to defend campaign finance laws and overturn laws that restrict the rights of voters. It employs a multifaceted approach of broad public education and legal, grassroots, legislative, and research strategies with a goal of long-term fundamental revitalization of our nation’s democratic institutions. This grant will provide support to the Brennan Center’s efforts in support of campaign finance reform and protecting the rights of all eligible voters.

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