Rep. Karen Bass: During the crack epidemic, “we punished the mothers”

Karen BassIn the 1990s, when the crack cocaine epidemic hit, we didn’t understand much about addiction, and so we were angry. We punished the mothers. We imprisoned the mothers. We took the children away, and we didn’t realize that actually not addressing the underlying substance abuse issue would really be more harmful to the children than removing them and putting them into foster care.

—Rep. Karen Bass (D–CA)

Partnership Grants to Strengthen Families Affected by Parental Substance Abuse Act, House Floor, June 20, 2017

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Sessions: National murder rate had “largest increase since 1968”

As you have experienced right here in Memphis, violent crime is on the rise in America. The murder rate has surged 10 percent nationwide — the largest increase since 1968. Last year, this city experienced a 43 percent increase in homicides and ended up with the highest number of murders ever.

—Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Remarks on Violent Crime in Memphis, TN, May 25, 2017

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Rep. Thomas Garrett: 22,000 Police Deaths since 1791

Since 1791, greater than 22,000 law enforcement professionals have given their lives in the line of duty–over 70 in a single day in 2001, including 37 from the NYPD and 23 from the Port Authority Police–an average of over 140 a year.

—Rep. Thomas Garrett (R–VA)

Thank you to Law Enforcement Professionals, House Floor, May 17, 2017

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