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 secure our nation’s promise of “equal justice for all” by creating a rational, effective, and fair justice system. Its priority focus is to reduce mass incarceration while keeping down crime. The program melds law, policy, and economics to produce new empirical analyses and innovative policy solutions to advance this critical goal.

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