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:

  • Voted on December 13, 2020, in favor of Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump in Judiciary Committee based on the abuse of power and the obstruction of Congress.
  • December 6, 2019, Congressman Hank Johnson voted to protect access to the ballot and pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act.
  • In 2019, Congressman Hank Johnson was named chairman of Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
  • 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.
  • Original cosponsor of H.J.Res.120, proposing a Constitutional amendment limiting the pardon power of the President.
  • Original cosponsor of H.Con.Res.86, condemning the racist and hate-based attacks on our college campuses and reaffirming our support for inclusion and safety in our institutions of higher learning.
  • Original cosponsor of H.R. 4140, the No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act. This bill prohibits the Armed Forces from engaging in hostilities in North Korea without an official declaration of war.
  • Introduced H.R.3664 on September 21, 2017, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation may only be removed for certain causes, and for other purposes. 
  • November 9, 2017, Congressman Hank Johnson, reintroduced three criminal justice reform bills in efforts to restore credence between police and the communities they serve. As well as eliminating discrimination and disparities in the justice system.
  • Congressman Johnson introduced the Cooling Off Period Elimination Act of 2017 or the COPE Act, the Police Accountability Act and the Grand Jury Reform Act.
  • Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, is an original cosponsor of the USA PATRIOT Act Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 3845), and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 3846).
  • U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) earned a 100 percent civil rights voting record for the 112th Congress from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. In 2018, he is still acknowledged for his efforts in maintaining civil liberties.

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.

More on Justice, Civil Liberties, & Government Accountability

May 17, 2020 E-newsletters

Today, I returned to Washington to vote in support of The Heroes Act, crucial legislation to address the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Our communities, workers and families urgently need more relief to weather the pandemic. 

Many of our frontline heroes are at risk of losing their jobs, even as they risk their lives to care for us.

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted to pass H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act.

May 15, 2020 Press Release

In these trying times it is often difficult to find a bright spot, but Asian & Pacific Islander American (AAPI) Heritage Month give us the chance to do just that. 

May 7, 2020 Press Release

DECATUR, GA -- What happened to Ahmaud that Sunday afternoon in southwest Georgia is nothing short of a 21st century lynching. And just like in the old days, law enforcement officials and prosecutors have looked the other way and allowed the vigilantes to escape justice. The Brunswick vigilantes should be arrested and charged with murder. They are entitled to a presumption of innocence and should have their day in court facing a jury of their peers. Justice demands that they be treated no differently than if they were Black.

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May 7, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Requests Stewart Answer Key Questions on How It Is Screening, Treating Detainees to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread, Suffering

DECATUR, GA – On May 7, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) sent a letter to Matthew T. Albence, Deputy Director U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requesting information on what steps are being taken to protect the detainees and staff at the Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 6, 2020 In The News

GEORGIA CONGRESSMAN TALKS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON AFRICAN-AMERICANS

The decision to open Georgia’s economy is putting more black lives at risk in the state, according to Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson. 

Speaking during a virtual town hall Tuesday night held by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Johnson cited state numbers, which he called incomplete, that show a disproportionate number of African-Americans have confirmed cases and have died of COVID-19. 

May 6, 2020 Speech

Thank you for all that you do as leaders of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus – you are on the frontlines of helping us through this pandemic – and I’m honored to join this evening for this important call.

May 4, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — On a recent telephone town hall hosted by Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson, Gwendolyn sounded desperate. 

She’s homeless, unemployed and a survivor of domestic violence. But she doesn’t know how to get help. 

May 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, re-introduced two important pieces of legislation to protect Americans’ digital privacy – the bipartisan Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6677), and the Data Broker Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020 (H.R. 6675). 

April 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health to work directly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S.

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Recent Votes

Date Roll Call Bill Vote
5/15/2020 109 H.R.6800 Yea
5/15/2020 108 H.R.6800 Nay
5/15/2020 107 H.RES.965 Yea
5/15/2020 106 H.RES.967 Yea
5/15/2020 105 H.RES.967 Yea