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Crime and Justice

As a former county prosecutor, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger believes state and local law enforcement are the experts on how to best protect their citizens. In general, he defers to the wishes of the law enforcement agencies in his district when weighing federal judicial policy. Dutch believes:

The best way to fight crime is to support local law enforcement.

Dutch is proud to have secured millions of dollars to help Maryland and its local police departments fight criminals, including the funding needed to set up the first-of-its-kind, multi-jurisdictional gang taskforce. He has also secured millions to re-hire laid-off local police officers and firefighters and replace outdated safety equipment. Drawing on his experiences as Baltimore County Executive, he advocates on behalf of school resource officers – which protect students, teachers and staff – while in Congress.

Citizens have a right to responsibly bear arms, but we can do a better job regulating the sale and transfer of guns and ammunition.

Dutch strongly believes in the Second Amendment, but we also have a Constitutional responsibility to protect American citizens from harm. He supports efforts to ban true assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which have been the weapons of choice for mass shooters because their sole purpose is to inflict as much damage as possible as quickly as possible. When assault weapons or high-capacity magazines have been used in a shooting, the number of casualties has increased 63 percent. So while a ban may not stop these attacks, it will help drastically reduce the bloodshed.

Dutch also supports requiring background checks for all gun sales, including those purchased online and at gun shows and addressing the sale of firearms to the mentally ill.

To alleviate prison over-crowding, we should save mandatory minimums for the really bad guys.

Mandatory minimums for minor drug offenses are bogging our prison system down and costing young people who make one poor decision their entire futures. We should concentrate prison space on violent and career criminals by focusing mandatory minimums on leaders and supervisors of drug trafficking organizations. Dutch supports legislation that would reduce mandatory minimums for certain non-violent, first-time drug offenders, reduce the 3-strike mandatory life sentence to 25 years, allow drug sentences to be enhanced based upon prior convictions for serious violent felonies and broaden the existing safety valve for low-level drug offenders with prior misdemeanors.

Related Cosponsorships

Assault Weapons Ban of 2015

Condemning violence that targets healthcare for women.

Background Check Completion Act

Safer Communities Act of 2015

Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 2015

More on Crime and Justice

Sep 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) recently wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S.

Aug 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (All D-Md.), have written to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to request public safety support for Baltimore City. The letter follows a July in-person delegation meeting with Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan Lenzner, U.S. District of Maryland, to discuss local needs and potential federal resources that may be of help to reduce gun violence and overall crime.

Jul 21, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation drafted by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and a bipartisan group of lawmakers that authorizes a new federal grant program to help state and local governments protect their networks from cyber attacks. The bill was, in part, inspired by the 2019 ransomware attack on the City of Baltimore that is expected to cost more than $18 million.

Jul 20, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today applauded the Biden Administration’s continued actions to hold foreign governments accountable for malicious and destructive cyber attacks on American businesses and institutions. The Administration has corralled allies and publicly exposed the Chinese government for orchestrating the massive attack on a Microsoft Exchange Server and indicted four Chinese criminal hackers for working on its behalf.

Jul 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $1,201,379 in American Rescue Plan funding to support fire and emergency rescue departments across the Baltimore region.

Jul 16, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined his fellow House Appropriators in passing legislation funding American efforts to strengthen law enforcement, small business and manufacturing and scientific research. The $81.6 billion Commerce, Justice and Science bill for fiscal year 2022 now heads to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

Jul 15, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced $2 million to expand a 911 diversion pilot program in Baltimore City has advanced in the U.S House of Representatives. The funding was included in the Commerce, Justice and Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022, which was passed by the House Appropriations Committee in a 33-26 vote today.

Jul 15, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced nearly 1.1 million to support two hospital-based violence intervention programs in Baltimore in legislation that advanced in the U.S House of Representatives. The funding was included in the Commerce, Justice and Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022, which was passed by the House Appropriations Committee in a 33 to 26 vote today and now heads to the full House for consideration.

Jul 15, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced $750,000 that he requested to expand anti-violence efforts in Baltimore has advanced in the U.S House of Representatives. The funding was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022, which was passed by the House Appropriations Committee in a 33-25 vote today and now heads to the full House for consideration.

May 20, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today applauded passage of legislation to jump-start an independent, impartial investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and provide emergency funding to prevent it from ever happening again. The two bills are now under consideration in the U.S. Senate.