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May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and more than 80 of their colleagues called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a criminal civil rights investigation into the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and an independent investigation into local authorities’ handling of the case. The lawmakers urge DOJ to investigate these matters swiftly and thoroughly so that Mr.

May 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Representatives Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Karen Bass (CA-37), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) called on governors around the country to decarcerate amid rising COVID-19 infections and deaths in state correctional facilities.

May 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, following the violent incident that took place at the Bristol County Jail over the weekend, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) released the following statement:

April 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, in response to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling that some incarcerated individuals in state jails and prisons may be released in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) released the following statement:

March 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), along with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and five other House Democrats, pressed the Trump Administration to take “swift and immediate action” to protect people in immigration detention centers and immigrant communities from the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and several federal lawmakers are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons to grant compassionate release for individuals held at federal detainment facilities. Their statement comes following the first report of an individual in federal custody testing positive for COVID-19. The individual is detained at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (MDC Brooklyn), New York.  A joint statement from Congresswoman Pressley and Reps. Nydia M.

March 20, 2020 In The News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) on Friday called on President Donald Trump to reduce the federal prison population amid the coronavirus outbreak that’s gripping the country. 

“We have grave concerns that without urgent action it is just a matter of time before our nation’s correctional facilities and detention centers, and the detainees and correction officers who live and work in them, are devastated by this pandemic,” they wrote in a letter published Friday morning.

March 20, 2020 In The News

In fighting the outbreak of COVID-19, Rep. Ayanna Pressley is calling for legislation to ensure that the nation’s prisoners are not left out of any federal relief programs.

On Thursday, Pressley told Boston Public Radio that given the cramped conditions of prisons and the relative lack of healthcare provided to the incarcerated, prisons and jails inherently create a perfect storm for a disease to spread.

March 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling on him to adopt and release decarceral guidelines to reduce the population of people in federal custody in the midst of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 16, 2020 In The News

Immigration attorneys and advocates are calling on the federal government to release all individuals currently held in federal immigration custody who do not have criminal convictions, in light of the public health emergency caused by the spread of the coronavirus.

As of April 2019, there were 737 people detained in immigration jails in the state. Of those, 423, or nearly 60% of them have no criminal conviction, according to Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration database.