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The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States

In testimony submitted to a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee, the Brennan Center outlined ideas to reform the nation’s voting system, strengthen voting protections, reform the criminal justice system, and protect national security.

Published: December 9, 2014

The Bren­nan Center submit­ted writ­ten testi­mony to a Senate Judi­ciary Commit­tee subcom­mit­tee hear­ing on “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States.” The testi­mony high­lights how the Bren­nan Center’s work to advance voting rights, end mass incar­cer­a­tion, and protect civil liber­ties is crit­ical to advan­cing civil rights in Amer­ica.

The testi­mony outlines three ways to advance and protect civil and human rights:

1.)    Modern­ize the nation’s voting system and strengthen voting protec­tions to ensure a stronger demo­cracy.

2.)    Reform the nation’s crim­inal justice system.

3.)    Secure our national secur­ity while balan­cing the need to protect civil and human rights.

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Bren­nan Center Testi­mony- The State of Civil Rights