Justice for All

Our system of justice fails to live up to the American ideals of equality, fairness, and justice. Dysfunction in our criminal and civil legal systems is of grave proportions. The U.S. currently incarcerates 2.3 million Americans—disproportionately people of color—and more than 25 percent of Americans have a criminal conviction. Many of these individuals are also saddled with massive fees with few options for reentering society.

The Brennan Center’s Justice Program seeks to create a rational and effective criminal and civil justice system that treats all people fairly and equally by reducing mass incarceration, closing the justice gap, and ensuring racial equality within these systems.

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