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August 06, 2021

Rep. David Trone Hosts Conversation on Criminal Justice Reform with Rep. Ayanna Pressley


August 6, 2021

Contact: Hannah Muldavin, 

Rep. David Trone Hosts Conversation on Criminal Justice Reform with Rep. Ayanna Pressley

Rep. David Trone (MD-06) with Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07). You can watch the recorded conversation here

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) announced that he hosted a conversation on reforming our criminal justice system with Representative Ayanna Pressley (MA-07). During their conversation, the two talked about mass incarceration, increasing mental health and addiction resources, combating systemic racism, and the school to prison pipeline. 

You can watch the discussion here.

“The American justice system needs to stop criminalizing poverty and should instead focus on rehabilitation and uplifting vulnerable communities,” said Representative David Trone. “As a businessman, I chose to hire returning citizens because I believe in second chances. Incarcerated individuals have been placed in a broken system and need jobs and resources in order to get back on their feet.” 

“I think about how much creativity and intellectual capital is dying on the vine simply because people are sick,” said Representative Ayanna Pressley. “My father’s absence because of his addiction and his entanglement with the criminal legal system — it was very destabilizing and traumatic … I was doing that time right alongside my father.” 

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.