Criminal Justice Reform

Representative Ocasio-Cortez is committed to dismantling our system of mass incarceration and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. 

She supports the federal legalization of marijuana, ending for-profit prisons, the release of individuals incarcerated for non-violent drug offences, the end of cash bail, and independent investigations for any and every time an individual is killed by law enforcement.

Representative Ocasio-Cortez will continue to fight for a criminal justice system that protects the rights and liberties of all individuals. For more information on the criminal justice reform legislation Representative Ocasio-Cortez supports, please click here


More on Criminal Justice Reform

December 14, 2020 Press Release

The Bronx, NY - In a recent letter, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY14) asked the City to detail the safety measures they are taking at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, as New York faces another COVID-19 surge. The Congresswoman’s office recently received calls from people detained at Rikers, detailing inadequate access to soap, facilities operating at high capacity, scarce healthcare resources, and poor air ventilation.

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House passed by a voice vote an amendment presented by Representatives Ted Lieu, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Deb Haaland, and Emanuel Cleaver that would directly impact the federal government’s ongoing interference in Portland and other U.S. cities. The amendment to H.R.

July 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will introduce the ‘Law Enforcement Identification Transparency Act of 2020,’ requiring all federal law enforcement officers to identify their name, agency and badge number on their uniform at all times while on duty or serving the public.