Senator Steven Bradford Appointed Chair of Senate Committee on Public Safety
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) was appointed Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety. The Public Safety Committee holds jurisdiction over all legislation that relates to criminal procedure, the penal code of California, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
“The role as Public Safety chair will be challenging especially in light of all we are facing as a state and nation, but I welcome the opportunity to provide substantial changes and improvement to the system,” said Senator Bradford. “As Chair, I will work toward improving the safety of our residents, offering justice to victims of crimes, passing true criminal and judicial justice reform measures that hold those in authority accountable for their actions, increasing transparency between communities and their officers, cultivating a real system for rehabilitation and actively supporting the formerly incarcerated. The recent reporting that California’s police agencies have upheld less than 2% of racial profiling complaints demonstrates that reform is desperately needed. Californians are counting on us to pass meaningful and comprehensive reform, such as SB 2, which the Pro Tem and I introduced last week to decertify bad officers. I will not be able to accomplish these efforts alone, but by working collaboratively with my fellow committee members, law enforcement, community organizations, advocate groups, and all Californians.”
Other members serving on the Senate Public Safety Committee are: Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) as Vice Chair, and Senators Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).
For more information, please visit the committee website at: https://spsf.senate.ca.gov/.
Senator Bradford is Vice-Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, serves as Chair of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color and represents the Los Angeles County communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, San Pedro, Torrance, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington.