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. Too often 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 committed 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

June 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, an extensive police reform package:

“Today, I was proud to vote for long overdue police reforms that ban violent practices and increase accountability in law enforcement. Rewriting the rules police play by is a cautious but necessary first step.

June 3, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - In response to the murder of George Floyd and systemic police brutality against Black and Latino communities, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) joined Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Karen Bass (CA-37), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and 45 Members of Congress to introduce a resolution calling on Congress to condemn the criminalization of marginalized communities. Congressman García also supports transformative legislation to end police brutality, immunity, and corruption. His statement is below:

June 3, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García released the following statement to protest the brutal murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer: 

“Last week, amidst an unprecedented economic crisis and a virus ravaging black and brown communities, George Floyd was murdered in broad daylight by police in Minneapolis. The video and images of his death horrified people across America, who then took to the streets to demand an end to racist policing.”

August 6, 2019 Press Release

Chicago, IL - El Congresista Jesús “Chuy” García envió el siguiente comunicado en respuesta al acto de terrorismo doméstico ocurrido en El Paso durante el fin de semana:

“Nuestra nación se encuentra conmovida y afligida. Hemos llegado a un punto de crisis. Debemos rechazar el odio que nos está dividiendo y pelear por lo mejor de este país, incluyendo nuestras fortalezas como lo son la democracia y la diversidad.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) successfully included two provisions in H.R. 2740, the first Democratic Majority-passed Appropriations package since 2010. H.R. 2740 provides $982.8 billion to fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy until Sept 30, 2020.

April 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC- Yesterday Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report outlining its findings about the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) gang database.