Rep. Bass Hosts Rep. Robin Kelly, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, for Roundtable Discussion in South Los Angeles
“Over the past several decades there has been an increasing occurrence of criminalizing and incarcerating women and girls of color,” Rep. Bass said. “We continue to see young girls being pushed out of school, and arrested and prosecuted at rates that are grossly disproportionate to their peers. Yet women and girls are seldom the focal point of discussion when developing or evaluating criminal justice policies and reform. This special convening provided a necessary forum for community leaders taking action to elevate their voices and critical change for women and girls impacted by mass incarceration. Congresswoman Kelly and I will take what was discussed back to Washington and explore implementing solutions mentioned in future pieces of legislation."
"When we talk about mass incarceration, we often focus on men. Yet, the rates of incarcerated women and girls of color continue to rise without capturing headlines,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. “Many of these women are mothers and have caregiving responsibilities which makes their incarceration harder on their families. As we work to find ways to reduce recidivism and mass incarceration, we need to prioritize programs tailored to the needs of women, girls and their families."
The event was held at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles, a premier community organization with a long history of addressing efforts to reform the criminal justice system.