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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.

March 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), founding member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, introduced H.R. 6129, the Justice for Incarcerated Moms Act, bold legislation to improve maternal health care and support for pregnant individuals who are incarcerated.

March 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Nydia Velazquez (NY-07), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) sent a letter to Michael Carvajal, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), demanding information on what steps the BOP is taking to prepare for and prevent the spread of the COVID-19, also known as the Novel Coronavirus, within federal prisons.

March 6, 2020 In The News

After the state of Alabama on Thursday night executed 44-year-old Nathaniel Woods despite serious concerns about injustices in his case, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and other lawmakers and civil rights advocates implored Congress to abolish the death penalty nationwide.

The Massachusetts Democrat took to Twitter Friday morning to call out the trauma inflicted on Woods' family, condemn the nation's "INJUSTICE" system, and demand significant reforms. As Pressley put it: "We need a system that centers shared power, freedom, equality, safety, and dignity."