Monday, March 2, 2009
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law wrote a thoughtful piece for The Root about the lack of racial and other diversity among the judges in the United States. The Brennan center has done much to highlight the issue and keep it in the public eye. Last week, the Justice Integrity Act of 2009 ("JIA") was introduced in Congress. This legislation aims to promote equal justice, improve public safety and increase confidence in the criminal justice system, by examining racial and ethnic disparities in prosecution and law enforcement. The JIA grew in part out of a 2007 study released by the Brennan Center and the National Institute for Law and Equity.