Criminal Justice Reform and Gun Safety

As a Member representing a district disproportionately affected by gun violence, I consider gun violence a true public health issue for my constituents. Congress must find sensible solutions to improve public safety including work to establish common-sense background checks, make it more difficult for guns to get in the hands of youth, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as crack down on gun trafficking.

Criminal justice reform is long overdue. We have seen punitive policies disproportionally send people of color and low-income individuals into the prison system. For too long we have tolerated a school-to-prison pipeline. 

I am a proud cosponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. No single bill can end pervasive racism in law enforcement, but the Justice in Policing Act is a necessary step toward much-needed reform. Beyond this legislation, I remain committed to transformative measures to improve our criminal justice system so that it is fair and effective as I worked to do in the Illinois State Senate and as Cook County Commissioner.

More on Criminal Justice Reform and Gun Safety

November 24, 2021 Press Release

García, Quigley, Jayapal and Advocates Call for Passage of

PROTECT Immigration Act

 

November 19, 2021 Press Release

Congressman García’s Statement on Kyle Rittenhouse’s Acquittal

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men and wounded another amidst protests last summer, was acquitted on all counts:

July 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), led by Racial Justice Taskforce Chair Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and CHC Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) sent a letter to congressional police reform negotiators Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37) to share proposed policing reforms that would be particularly impactful to Latino communities.

May 27, 2021 Press Release

CHICAGO, IL — Following the introduction of the Connecting Youth to Jobs Act, a bill to create living-wage employment opportunities for young people facing barriers to employment and historically disadvantaged youth, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) sent two letters this week calling on the Department of Justice and the City of Chicago to make urgently needed police reforms.

April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd, was found guilty on all charges:

“Derek Chauvin’s conviction is a small, needed measure of accountability, but there will never be justice for George Floyd.

“George Floyd’s death was a watershed moment. Millions of protesters across the country and the world took to the streets. Together, we said his name and the names of countless others killed by racist, violent policing.

March 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after he voted in favor of H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, bills that would require background checks for every gun sale and close existing loopholes.

“I represent a district and a city disproportionately affected by gun violence. In 2020 alone, Chicago suffered 3,261 shootings and 769 murders. The majority of victims were Black and Latino youth—the sons, daughters, colleagues, and friends of people in my neighborhood and across the city.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.

December 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act: