Criminal Justice Reform
Science Advisory Board/Justice Program
Rep. Dean understands that for government to work well, decision-makers need the most up-to-date data and evidence. For this reason, she introduced H.R. 3989, the Improving Justice Programs through Science Act of 2019. This bill would create a Science Advisory Board (the Board) at the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) within the Department of Justice. The Board would be responsible for integrating scientific knowledge into crime-reduction efforts, as well as for using research, data, and evidence to guide the OJP’s grants, programs, and activities.
Rep. Dean knows that education can be a pathway to opportunity. Along with former Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Rep. Dean introduced H.R. 2635, the Promoting Reentry through Education in Prisons (PREP) Act. This legislation ensures that incarcerated individuals receive the educational opportunities they need to successfully reenter their communities after completing their sentences – while also reducing recidivism.
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
In addition, Rep. Dean is an original cosponsor of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. In the 25 years since VAWA’s original passage, domestic violence has decreased by 63%. H.R. 1585 expands protections for young victims, survivors without shelter, and LGBTQ people; the legislation also prevents “intimate partner” homicides by prohibiting those convicted of dating violence from possessing firearms.
The bill – which passed the House – included Rep. Dean’s amendment to improve cross-agency collaboration, ensuring that federal departments can coordinate on the prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as share best practices for supporting victims.