Jun 18 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – House Republicans introduced the JUSTICE Act this week to address the nationwide need for police reform, training, accountability and transparency. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) cosponsored the legislation as a companion to the Senate bill supported by President Trump.
The JUSTICE ACT provides the most significant police reform in 25 years.
“We have been gravely reminded in recent weeks of the urgent need for reform within our law enforcement agencies,” said Congressman Rogers. “I have long believed that the safety and security of the American people is one of the government’s chief responsibilities and this legislation makes great strides to improve safety of our citizens and our police officers.”
The Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act includes improved Use of Force reporting, incentivizes chokehold bans, increases penalties for false police reports and creates a grant program to increase body cameras for law enforcement officers. The legislation makes lynching a federal crime, establishes the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, and provides training for best de-escalation practices.
Additionally, the JUSTICE Act establishes the National Criminal Justice Commission to review the criminal justice system, improves sharing of disciplinary records for officer hiring consideration, and more.