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December 5, 2019 In The News

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass), announced the first bill stemming from her sweeping The People’s Justice Guarantee resolution—which she unveiled last month—and she’s addressing the “school-to-confinement pathway,” most commonly known as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” which disproportionately targets Black, Latinx, and Indigenous children.

December 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Following Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s (MA-07) longstanding history of working to address issues of criminalization during her tenure on the Boston City Council, Congresswoman Pressley introduced H.R.5325 - the Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma (P.U.S.H.O.U.T.) Act - legislation to end the punitive pushout of girls of color from schools and disrupt the school-to-confinement pathway.

December 5, 2019 In The News

REP. AYANNA PRESSLEY of Massachusetts introduced new legislation Thursday aimed at ending the “school to confinement pathway.” The bill targets discriminatory and punitive school discipline policies that push black and brown students out of schools at disproportionately high rates, often directly into the criminal justice system.

November 27, 2019 In The News

Ayanna Pressley remembers running for reelection to the Boston City Council in 2011, when a constituent asked her what she was going to do about the homeless people who were sleeping on park benches.

“They used some other term that was very derogatory,” Pressley recounted in a recent interview with Real Change News. “They said, ‘what is your plan to make our parks safe?’”

Pressley responded that her plan was “to end homelessness.”

November 20, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley last week announced a resolution calling for sweeping criminal justice reforms aimed at decreasing the number of people incarcerated, on probation or otherwise involved in the nation’s criminal justice system.

In a phone conference with reporters Wednesday, Pressley, whose father suffered from addiction and spent time in jail, said the reach of the nation’s criminal justice system has affected many more than the 2.3 million people behind bars at any given time.

November 19, 2019 In The News

Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts unveiled what she calls an “unapologetically bold” resolution last week intended to significantly reshape the American criminal legal system. In an interview with The Appeal on Friday, Pressley said that she hopes her proposals push her colleagues and the Democratic presidential candidates to consider reforms that they wouldn’t have otherwise. 

November 14, 2019 In The News

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced on Thursday a comprehensive criminal justice resolution package that would massively restructure America’s legal system—and fundamentally reshape the role prisons and jails play in American life.

November 14, 2019 In The News

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) proposed legislation to decriminalize sex work as part of a sweeping resolution she introduced Thursday morning aimed at revolutionizing the criminal justice system.  

The People’s Justice Guarantee includes proposals to combat mass incarceration by expanding access to restorative justice, ending the cash-bail system, implementing minimum sentences, terminating solitary confinement and ending the death penalty. The U.S. “has a moral obligation to meet its foundational promise of guaranteed justice for all,” the bill reads. 

November 14, 2019 In The News

Drug addiction once held Martin Pressley like a vise, and he found himself in and out of the criminal justice system for more than a decade. That meant that he was also in and out of the life of his daughter, Ayanna.


“As [Equal Justice Initiative founder] Bryan Stevenson says, crimes don’t go to jail; people do,” Ayanna, now one of the most influential new voices in Congress, told me by phone on Thursday. “And so, my mother and I we did that time along with my father.”