Justice, Civil Liberties, & Government Accountability
What Hank believes:
- The criminal justice system is ridden with injustice that penalizes minority and poor Americans.
- Mandatory minimum sentencing is fundamentally unfair.
- The death penalty is immoral.
- The government should serve and protect – not harass or inconvenience – American citizens.
- The government should not detain or spy on Americans without a warrant.
- Congress should exercise its government oversight prerogatives to their fullest in an effort to destroy waste and corruption.
- The federal government's reckless borrowing and spending threaten America's economic and national security, and unfairly and unethically burden future generations who will be responsible for repaying today's debts.
- It is irresponsible and unsustainable to increase spending while cutting taxes, as the Bush Administration did.
What Hank has done:
- Introduced the Effective Death Penalty Appeals Act in 2009, which would ensure that death row inmates have the opportunity to present newly discovered evidence of innocence.
- Cosponsored the successful Second Chance Act of 2007, which will lower crime rates in communities by increasing the care and aptitude with which the criminal justice system deals with ex-prisoners, probationers, and recidivists.
- Cosponsored the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which passed the House. It enables the federal government to assist local law enforcement with the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.
- Cosponsored the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which passed the House. It directed the Department of Justice to open an office for the investigation of unsolved civil rights crimes committed before 1970.
- Cosponsored the COPS Improvement Act, which passed the House. It expands the authority of the Attorney General to make grants for public safety and community policing programs.
- Cosponsored the Stop AIDS in Prison Act, which passed the House. It would direct the Bureau of Prisons to implement a comprehensive policy to provide HIV testing, treatment, and prevention for inmates in federal prisons and upon re-entry to the community.
- Voted, during the first 100 Hours of this historic 110th Congress, to reestablish the PAYGO system, which requires that new spending or tax breaks not be added to the federal deficit; costs must be offset elsewhere in the budget.
What Hank will do:
- From his post on the Judiciary Committee, continue to support efforts to rid our criminal justice system of discriminatory practices.
- Serve as a check against undue government interference in the daily lives of Americans.
- Continue to provide federal and local law enforcement with the resources needed to fight crime effectively and humanely.
- Work to form a bipartisan consensus which resolves that, by avoiding unnecessary wars and eliminating unfair subsidies to powerful constituencies, we can balance the budget without cutting vital social services like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Food Stamps.
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DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today joined Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and 75 other members of Congress to introduce a resolution censuring Donald Trump for the comments he made this week comparing counter protestors with neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
No person holding any office of trust shall, without the consent of Congress, accept any present Emolument of any kind whatsoever from any king, prince or foreign state.
Congressman Hank Johnson, who represents Georgia’s Fourth District,covering portions of DeKalb, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties, condemned President Trump’s response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
From left: Tichina Arnold, Ronreaco Lee, Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, Congressman
Hank Johnson, Teyonah Parris, Erica Ash and Jessie T. Usher.
ATLANTA — Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) attended the Starz network dinner this week with African-American actors, directors, writers and other executives who are part of a broadening an ongoing effort to diversify the television and film industry.
DECATUR, GA – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement on President Trump’s impromptu news conference reiterating his original comments on Charlottesville:
Congressman: It's critical all voices be included in film & media in front of and behind camera.
DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) cohosted a Twitter chat on the importance of diversity in film and media this week with BlackBloggersConnect (@JoinBBC).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), author of the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, issued the following statement after news that the slain human rights hero’s family was being threatened by violence:
Congressman: The Emoluments Clause isn’t in the Constitution for nothing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson’s (GA-04) Resolution of Inquiry as Ranking Member of the T&I Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management was rejected by Republicans.
Johnson is seeking information on the lease agreement between the Trump Old Post Office LLC and the General Services Administration (GSA) for the redevelopment of the Old Post Office Building into the Trump International Hotel.