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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Criminal Justice

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August 9, 2019 Press Release

“The raids that took place today have created senseless trauma and is an incredible waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Rep. Bass. “Under this Administration, roughly 680 men, women, fathers, mothers, and care-takers were arrested and held for hours. Although some were released, many of these individuals were unable to pick up their children from their first day of school. Now, those innocent children will continue to endure additional trauma as they are placed into the child warfare system. Our child warfare system is designed to protect children from abusive and neglectful parents.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

“We are extremely concerned about Attorney General Barr’s announcement today that the Department of Justice will resume capital punishment and is scheduling the executions of five individuals. The death penalty is barbaric.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

The Second Look Act of 2019 would allow any individual who has served at least 10 years in federal prison to petition a court to take a “second look” at their sentence before a judge and determine whether they are eligible for a sentence reduction or release.

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.