The Brennan Center for Justice contributed the following pieces to transition documents intended for the incoming Obama Administration as well as the 111th Congress. The topics covered here range from fixing the fundamentals of our democracy or repairing the Department of Justice, to restoring legal aid and other civil rights issues.
Renewing Our Democracy
Michael Waldman, the Executive Director of the Brennan Center for Justice, offers the following chapter to be included in Change for America, to be released by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
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Restoring Legal Aid for the Poor
Rebekah Diller, Deputy Director of the Justice program at the Brennan Center, contributes a piece arguing why our nation needs a robust legal services corporation, also part of the Center for American Progress Action Fund's Change for America.
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End the Harmful Restrictions on Legal Aid
As the nation struggles under the burgeoning economic crisis and record numbers of Americans are threatened with the loss of their homes, people civil legal aid is more critical than ever. However, an outdated, ill-conceived and inefficient law cuts deeply into the ability of low-income and of color communities to obtain a fair day in court. The Brennan Center for Justice puts forth solutions in transition materials organized by the Civil Rights Coalition for the 21st Century.
What the Next Administration Should Do to Improve Language Access in the Courts
Every day, millions of Americans suffer from injustice because so few courts provide interpreters. For too many people, their "day in court" means being unable to understand or make themselves understood. The result can be the loss of custody of their children, of a claim for back wages, of protection from a violent spouse, or of an apartment or a home. The Brennan Center for Justice's Laura Abel provides solutions in transition materials organized by the Civil Rights Coalition for the 21st Century.
Public Defense Reforms
In Smart on Crime, recommendations by the 2009 Criminal Justice Coalition, the Brennan Center for Justice's Laura Abel, Nicole Austin-Hillery and Melanca Clark put forth a section that seeks to make our communities safer by supporting quality public defense systems.
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Re-Entry—Ensure Successful Reintegration after Incarceration
The Brennan Center for Justice's Erika Wood and Liz Budnitz contribute to a section on extending federal voting rights to people released from prison. This is also included in Smart on Crime, recommendations by the 2009 Criminal Justice Coalition.
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