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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Criminal Justice

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November 9, 2017 Press Release

We often forget that women’s rights are human rights. The mass incarceration policies in this country caters to for-profit prisons and only incentivizes the detention and incarceration of more individuals, many of which are vulnerable women who flee their home countries escaping gang-related and sexual violence,” said Rep. Grijalva. “Reports of horrific treatment of incarcerated pregnant women breaks the moral fabric of our society.  The thought of a pregnant women sitting in solitary confinement without access to needed food and nourishment is simply heart-breaking.

October 30, 2017 Press Release

“This morning’s announcement should serve as a wake-up call to the White House that conspiring against the United States will not slide. In the face of confusing talking points and untruths put forth by the Trump Administration, it’s important to note that both Paul Manafort and Richard Gates spent significant time working with now-President Trump. Mr. Manafort ran the entire campaign operation for three months while Gates served as a close deputy. We must be sure to let Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation run its course and pay close attention to facts and not distractions.”

July 12, 2017 Press Release

“One of our most urgent priorities should be disrupting the child welfare to trafficking pipeline and finding better and more effective ways to meet the critical needs of this vulnerable population,” Rep. Bass, Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, said. “That’s why I’ve added a provision to this important piece of legislation that focuses on the special housing needs of young girls in the foster care system. One of the major reasons girls cannot escape the cycle of sex trafficking is because they do not have housing to escape to.

July 8, 2017 Press Release

“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.