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New York Times: 2 Congressmen Propose Barring U.S. Prosecutors From Reading Inmates’ Emails to Lawyers

A bill introduced on Thursday by two members of Congress would bar federal prosecutors from reading emails between inmates and their lawyers, ending a practice that has angered defense lawyers and divided judges. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from Brooklyn, and Doug Collins, a Republican from Georgia, sponsored the bill, which Mr. Jeffries said would […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on Third Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

New York, NY – Today, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement in connection with the forthcoming third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy: “Three years ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated many of the neighborhoods I represent in Southern Brooklyn and Queens, including Coney Island, Sea Gate, Canarsie and Howard Beach.  New Yorkers are a strong and […]

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Rep. Jeffries Calls for House Judiciary Committee Hearing Into Online Fantasy Sports Industry

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the need for transparency and accountability in the fantasy sports industry: “The recent revelation of possible impropriety and improper access to information at a popular online fantasy sports company is deeply troubling. The fantasy sports industry has grown into a multi-billion […]

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Reps. Jeffries & Clarke Seek Help From Obama Administration in Combating Gun Violence in NYC

  NEW YORK, NY – Amidst an outbreak of gun violence in Brooklyn and throughout many parts of New York City, including the tragic shooting of Carey Gabay, a 43-year-old counsel to Governor Cuomo, U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and Yvette Clarke (NY-09) today gathered on the steps of city hall to outline federal action that […]

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WDSU: From Air Force One to Lower Ninth Ward: President Barack Obama visits Crescent City

This marks Obama’s ninth trip to Louisiana. The White House said Air Force One landed after a flight that offered “spectacular views over Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River and a blissfully green New Orleans.” Obama greeted Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Bill Cassidy and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who awaited Obama’s arrival, accompanied by baseball star Cedric […]

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USA Today: Black lawmakers call for more diversity in Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO — Members of the Congressional Black Caucus flew to Silicon Valley this week to turn up the heat on the nation’s largest tech companies to hire more African Americans. Caucus members met with Apple’s Tim Cook and Intel’s Brian Krzanich as well as executives from Google, Pandora and SAP to discuss how technology companies plan to fix their […]

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The Hill: Black lawmakers to push diversity in Silicon Valley

The Congressional Black Caucus is heading to Silicon Valley.  Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) and two other members are slated to travel to California in early August to pressure tech leaders to put more of a focus on African-American recruitment.   The trip is part of the caucus’s Tech 2020 initiative, which launched in May […]

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Bipartisan House Coalition Launches Caucus Aimed at Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the midst of growing bipartisan recognition that America must confront our overcriminalization problem, a group of Democratic and Republican members of Congress have launched an effort to comprehensively address public safety and our broken criminal justice system. U.S. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Raul Labrador (R-ID), Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) […]

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Observer: Congressmen Form New Criminal Justice Reform Caucus

Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries announced today that he and three peers—two Republicans and one fellow Democrat—will co-chair a new Criminal Justice and Public Safety Caucus, aimed at altering the prison system in the United States. Mr. Jeffries joined Indiana Congressman Raul Labrador, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz and California Congressman Cedric Richmond to announce the formation […]