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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Criminal Justice Forum: Undue Mandatory Minimums

Saturday, June 8, 2013 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
7900 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90047

Congressmember Karen Bass presents a criminal justice forum "Undue Mandatory Minimum Sentencing" with special guest Congressman Bobby Scott.

Join us on Saturday, June 8 at 10 am.  The meeting will be held at Bethel A.M.E. Church (7900 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047).

Many studies have shown mandatory minimum penalties have not improved public safety and exacerbated existing racial disparities within the criminal justice system.

African Americans are disproportionately impacted by mandatory minimum drug laws, with higher percentages of blacks sentenced to prison despite the fact that nationwide rates of substance dependence and levels of drug dealing are virtually identical between African American and white populations.

Representative Scott has led efforts to pass comprehensive juvenile justice reform and is the sponsor of the Youth PROMISE Act, which would provide resources to prevent juvenile crime.

Join us for an informative discussion about federal policies examining mandatory minimum policies and reforms to better address public safety and racial disparities within the criminal justice system.

Rep. Scott (D-Va.) serves as the leading Democrat on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations and has led efforts to pass comprehensive juvenile justice reform. He is the sponsor of the Youth PROMISE Act, which would provide resources to local governments for strategies to prevent juvenile crime.