Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed

Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Criminal Justice

More on Criminal Justice

May 14, 2019 Press Release

In their letter, the Members wrote, “Despite continuing concerns from civil rights and community-based organizations, the Department has sharply curtailed its statutory role in identifying and eradicating civil rights abuses by law enforcement.  Excessive force in police-civilian encounters presents a crisis of trust throughout our nation.  Changes to Department policy and failure to uphold the law run the risk of undermining federal oversight authority in this space…Accordingly, we write to request information related to the manner in which the Department of Justice is cur

April 30, 2019 Press Release

Providing formerly incarcerated individuals with the tools to effectively reintegrate into society is essential in preventing recidivism.  One in three American adults currently has a criminal record. Unfortunately, over two-thirds of formerly-incarcerated people are rearrested within three years. Removing collateral consequences, including barriers to employment, education, and benefits, is one way to address this troubling trend.

April 23, 2019 Press Release

“On April 8, 2019, the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice announced the selection of the Hudson Institute to host the Independent Review Committee required under the First Step Act.  After the announcement, the Department briefed Congressional staff on implementation of the First Step Act, and our concerns about this decision remain. 

April 18, 2019 Press Release

“First, William Barr put out a 19-paged audition memo calling Robert Mueller’s investigation ‘overly aggressive’ and ‘fatally misconceived’. After being sworn in, Attorney General Barr released an unwarranted summary, which included cherry-picked quotes from the report that was then redacted and publicly released today, only after having been shared with White House lawyers and spun by a misleading 30-minute press conference. 

April 3, 2019 Press Release

Speech as prepared:

March 25, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Bass joins Jim Sciutto on CNN:

Rep. Bass joins Craig Melvin on MSNBC: 

March 7, 2019 Press Release

“I am pleased that the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security is holding our first hearing of this 116th Congress about our critical duty to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  This law has been successful at attempting to change policies that have led to injustices, and too-often indifference to victimization and suffering, throughout our country’s history.

“It is important to review how we arrived at this moment.