Today, LDF sent a letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler urging the leaders to reintroduce the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act (JPA) in the 118th Congress and ensure the bill includes provisions that will fundamentally transform our public safety systems to effectively prevent racialized police violence.

The recommendations outlined in the letter would improve the JPA not only protect communities that have suffered from law enforcement abuses, they also improve public safety in the long run. LDF urges Congress to include in the JPA measures that invest in unarmed civilian responders for low-level, non-emergency events, expand and institutionalize restorative justice programs, and increase investments in community resources to ensure economic security. Without provisions that accomplish these key goals that are necessary for an effective public safety system that keeps people safe and respects their inherent dignity, the JPA will fall short of its aim to transform our system of public safety.

Read the full letter here.